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Aquamanile in the Form of a Mounted Knight
late 13th century

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Creator Nationality: European; Northern European; German
Creator Name-CRT: German
Title: Aquamanile in the Form of a Mounted Knight
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Creation Start Date: 1266
Creation End Date: 1299
Creation Date: late 13th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Metalwork-Brass
Materials and Techniques: bronze
Dimensions: H. 15 in. (38.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 64.101.1492
Credit Line: Gift of Irwin Untermyer, 1964

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.

AMICA ID: MMA_.64.101.1492
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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