Aquamanilia—the word comes from the Latin words for water (aqua) and hand (manus)—were used for washing the hands. They have two openings, one for filling and a second for pouring. The Cloisters has an important group of copper-alloy examples on view in this gallery. This pottery aquamanile is a rare survivor and preserves some of its original green glaze.
[ Armetal, Paris] ; [ Sam Fogg Ltd., London (sold 2007)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Recent Acquisitions: A Selection, 2007-2008." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 66, no. 2 (Fall 2008). p. 14.
Barnet, Peter. "An English Pottery Aquamanile in the Form of a Ram." In "Luft unter die Flügel...": Beiträge zur mittelalterlichen Kunst. Festschrift für Hiltrud Westermann-Angerhausen, edited by Andrea von Hülsen-Esch, and Dagmar Taübe. Studien zur Kunstgeschichte, Vol. 181. Hildesheim and New York: Georg Olms Verlag, 2010. pp. 66–70, fig. 1, 2.
Barnet, Peter, and Nancy Y. Wu. The Cloisters: Medieval Art and Architecture. 75th Anniversary ed. New York and New Haven: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. p. 111.