Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Turret Laver

15th century
Overall: 21 x 5 7/8 in., 6.299lb. (53.3 x 14.9 cm, 2857g)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1947
Accession Number:
47.101.56a, b
Not on view
Although this object is frequently called an aquamanile, it does not satisfy the definition: true aquamanilia are handheld and generally provided with a handle for that purpose. This vessel was designed to stand on a shelf with a basin below. The small heads surrounding the tower mimic the gargoyles of monumental architecture, which were designed to manage rainwater.
J. Pierpont Morgan American, London and New York ; [ Duveen Brothers, London, Paris and New York (ca. 1920)] ; [ Raphael Stora, Paris and New York (sold 1939)] ; [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York (1939–1947)]
Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," January 18, 1970–March 29, 1970.

Chicago. Art Institute of Chicago. "The Middle Ages: Treasures from The Cloisters and The Metropolitan Museum of Art," May 16, 1970–July 5, 1970.

New York. The Cloisters Museum & Gardens. "The Secular Spirit: Life and Art at the End of the Middle Ages," March 28, 1975–June 15, 1975.

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