Aquamanile


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Aquamanile

 

an ancient vessel for holding water, a table washstand.

Aquamaniles have been known since ancient times and were widely used in the Middle Ages (in ancient Russia, Western Europe, and the Orient). They were made of bronze or clay, usually in the shape of an animal, bird, or horseman.

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