- Museum number
Pottery aquamanile; in form of mounted knight; yellow glaze; head of horse missing; handle from knight's head to horse's tail; legs are modern.
- Production date
Height: 27 centimetres
Width: 22 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Aquamaniles demonstrate the influence of metal forms on pottery vessels. For a bronze aquamanile of similar form in the Department of Prehistory and Europe, see Registration Number 1853,0315,1. Both are in the form of a knight on horseback.
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
- Exhibition history
2018 - 2019 8 Jun - 20 Jan, Ottawa, Canadian Museum of History, Medieval Europe
2017 11 Jul – 22 Oct, Spain, CaixaForum Zaragoza, Medieval Europe.
2017 9 Mar – 18 Jun, Spain, CaixaForum Barcelona, Medieval Europe,
2016 - 2017 19 Oct – 5 Feb, Spain, CaixaForum Madrid, Medieval Europe,
2015 - 2016 11 Dec- 10 Apr, Australia, Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Medieval Europe, power and legacy.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number