Aquamanile in the Form of a Ram


On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10

Scarborough, on England’s northeast coast, is still celebrated in song today for the annual fair it once hosted for merchants. The event was inaugurated by royal charter in 1253, around the time that one of the potteries created this jug in the form of a ram. Water would be added through the spout at the handle and poured out through the animal’s mouth. Like the examples in copper alloy in this gallery, the ram was used for handwashing.

Aquamanile in the Form of a Ram, Earthenware, green glaze, British

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