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Aquamanile in the Form of a Ram

ca. 1250–1350
Made in Scarborough, England
Earthenware, green glaze
Overall: 9 7/16 x 11 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. (23.9 x 29.2 x 13.3 cm)
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 2007
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Cloisters in Gallery 10
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.

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