Details Originally a Persian tradition, aquamanile were first made out of metal, typically copper or bronze, and were used to pour water for hand washing during both religious and secular rituals. These elaborated vessels, shaped like animals and humans, were clearly a huge part of Medieval society as hundreds of example survive and are on display in museums around the world.
When this tradition reached Europe in the twelfth century, lasting till the fifteenth century, many beautiful metal examples were made for high status houses. Not to be outdone, more humble household would have one made of pottery, and, the potters working at this time would have taken inspiration from the metal examples they had seen. And this is a tradition that we are carrying on with our range of aquamaniles which are all inspired by examples of metal aquamaniles from the medieval period.
Lions were a common theme for aquamaniles during the medieval period. With their broad chest and fierce open mouths they represent a pride and strength that is still popular today.
Terracotta clay with honey glaze
Approx. 200 mm tall, 255 mm long, 115 mm wide
As with all my Museum Quality Replicas, I try to work in a way that is as close as possible to the methods used by the ancient craftsmen and women who created the original. This pot has been made entirely hand using natural materials and tools that are replicas of those used by the original maker.
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