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Pottery aquamanile; front part only; in shape of an animal (head missing; ?ram); green glaze; stubby forelegs; stub of handle on back.
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Height: 13.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
J.E.Pearce and A.G.Vince, "A Dated Type-series of London Medieval Pottery Part 4: Surrey Whitewares", London Middlesex Archaeol Soc Special Paper No 10 (1988), 49; fig 100, no 386. BSN 250191.
An aquamanile is a pouring vessel used for the washing of hands. The name derives from the Latin for water (aqua) and hand (manus). Personal cleanliness was a mark of refinement. People often used their fingers to eat so washing of hands was a practical necessity.
Aquamaniles were often made in the shape of animals and are based on eastern Mediterranean and Islamic examples. Few ceramic aquamaniles survive because of their fragility. They were made as cheaper alternatives for those unable to afford metal versions. However, they were not used by the very poor.
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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