Aquamanile in the Form of a Unicorn, ca. 1425–50
Copper alloy; 15 1/2 (to tip of horn) x 4 7/16 x 11 1/2 in. (39.3 x 11.2 x 29.2 cm)
Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964 (64.101.1493)
This aquamanile takes the form of the mythical unicorn, a composite of the horse and goat with a single horn projecting from the center of the animal's forehead (the twisted horn seen here is probably a later replacement). Although the unicorn was a popular image throughout the Middle Ages, few unicorn aquamanilia have survived.