Thursday, 4 February 2010

Aquamanilia


Today I picked up a wonderful book from the library on aquamanilia. These amazing objects were made from the 12th century through to the 15th century. Although all the vessels in the book are made of metal using the lost wax casting system there would have also been pottery aquamaniles. I imagine that it is only the metal ones that survived. As with many other objects I suspect that richer families had these fabulous metal ones and poorer folk had copies in pottery. Anyway, I would like to make a slipware one when I can spare the time from my usual production. They come in a vast array of forms from birds, horses and lions.
The book is titled'Lions, Dragons and other Beasts Aquamanilia'.

3 comments:

  1. They're beautiful. Here's a link you might find interesting

    http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/ceramics/pages/search.asp?type=quicksearch&keyword=aquamanile&groupchoice=all

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  2. http://www.scarborough-heritage.org/objects/ob_s_ware.asp

    Here's a great one

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