Griffin aquamanile

Pg. 538 Fig. 15-35


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C. 1130 Forged of silver, bronze, and niello metal workers of this time excelled in pieces such as this. Aquamanile meaning water hand, they probably returned with the Crusaders. Muslims used such devices to rinsing their hands at meals. In the west however, they made their ways into church altars priest poured water on their hands. The liturgical context states the griffin symbolizes the dual nature of Christ.

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