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Aquamanile or Laver

Decorative Arts

MEDIUM Silver
  • Place Made: Germany
  • DATES 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 9 x 11 1/2 x 1 in. (22.9 x 29.2 x 2.5 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Unmarked
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 50.5
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Stephen Ensko
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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
    IMAGE overall, 50.5_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (77%)
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