<em>Aquamanile or Laver</em>, 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)

Aquamanile or Laver

Medium: Silver

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:19th century

Dimensions: 9 x 11 1/2 x 1 in. (22.9 x 29.2 x 2.5 cm)


Accession Number: 50.5

Image: 50.5_bw.jpg,

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.

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