Aquamanile in the Form of a Soldier on Horseback

German

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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).

A clue to the date of this figure is the rider’s helmet, a type without visor that came into fashion in northern Italy around 1410.

Aquamanile in the Form of a Soldier on Horseback, Copper alloy, German

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