Aquamanile in the Form of a Horse

Date: ca. 1400

Geography: Made in Nuremberg

Culture: German

Medium: Copper alloy

Dimensions: Overall: 13 1/4 x 14 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (33.7 x 36.8 x 9.5 cm)
Overall PD: 13 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 15 in. (33.6 x 9.5 x 38.1 cm)
Thickness PD: 2/25 in. (0.2 cm)

Classification: Metalwork-Copper alloy

Credit Line: Gift of William M. Laffan, 1910

Accession Number: 10.13.4a


Less dramatic, but more elegant than the flame-tailed lion (1994.244), this aquamanile in the form of a horse is also a product of Nuremberg from around 1400. Interestingly, it entered the Museum's collection as a unicorn and was restored to its original form in 1956. The remains of a hole in the forehead where the horn was attached can still be seen, and a cleft remains in each hoof.