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Aquamanile in the Form of a Crowned Centaur Fighting a Dragon
Aquamanile in the Form of a Lion
Pricket Candlestick with Birds, Vines, and Leaves
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 304
Aquamanilia, from the Latin words meaning "water" and "hands," served to pour water over the hands of priests before celebrating Mass and of diners at table. This aquamanile, in the form of a horse and rider, exemplifies the courtly ideals of knighthood that pervaded Western medieval culture and influenced objects intended for daily use. It depicts a type of armor that disappeared toward the third quarter of the thirteenth century. Unfortunately, the shield—which probably displayed the arms of the owner—and the lance are no longer extant.
Randolph Berens, London; R. W. M. Walker, Esq.(sale, Christies, London, England July 25, 1945 to Blairman); H. (?) Blairman(1945–?); [ Brummer Gallery, Paris and New York]; Irwin Untermyer, New York (until 1964)
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