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Pottery aquamanile; head of the figure of a knight with flat-topped helmet, slits for eyes and hole in the top; green glaze.
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Height: 6.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
J.E.Pearce, A.G.Vince and M.A.Jenner, "A Dated Type-Series of London Medieval Pottery Part 2: London-type Ware", London Middlesex Archaeol Soc Special Paper No 6 (1985), fig 74, no 405b.BSN 020491.
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.
- Not on display
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 589 (Roach Smith)