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Aquamanile in the Form of a Rooster

Date:
13th century
Geography:
Made in Lower Saxony, Germany
Culture:
German
Medium:
Copper alloy
Dimensions:
Overall: 9 15/16 x 9 9/16 x 3 9/16 in., 3.567lb. (25.2 x 24.3 x 9 cm, 1618g)
Overall PD: 9 15/16 x 4 1/8 x 9 3/4 in. (25.2 x 10.5 x 24.7 cm)
Thickness PD: 7/100-9/100 in. (0.18-0.24 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Cylinder Seals
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.292
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10
The rooster’s majestic tail feathers splay in rhythmic arcs as he crows, full-throated. The artist who modeled the bird boldly balanced the body on its tiny talons.

This elaborate water vessel was intended for handwashing. A specialty of metalworkers in German-speaking lands for centuries—from the twelfth to the fifteenth—they are called aquamanilia, from the Latin words for water (aqua) and hand (manus).
#33. Aquamanile in the Form of a Cock
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[ Walter Randel, Paris and New York (sold 1989)]
New York. Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture. "Lions, Dragons, and Other Beasts: Aquamanilia of the Middle Ages. Vessels for Church and Table," July 12, 2006–October 15, 2006.

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