Aquamanile or Laver
Decorative Arts and Design
9 x 11 1/2 x 1 in. (22.9 x 29.2 x 2.5 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Stephen Ensko
Silver aquamanile or laver in the shape of a lion, possibly for synagogue use. One forepaw is supported by a scrolled shield, on which is engraved a lion rampant. Bifurcated spout (serpents' heads) is in lion's mouth. Tail in "S" curve over the back is supported by a grotesque gryphon. The type is that of medieval aquamaniles, which the design and treatment is baroque German.
Condition: Good. Signs of numerous old repairs evident.
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Aquamanile or Laver, 19th century. Silver, 9 x 11 1/2 x 1 in. (22.9 x 29.2 x 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Stephen Ensko, 50.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.5_bw.jpg)
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