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 (ăk′wə-mə-nī′lē, ä′kwə-mə-nē′lā)
n. pl. aq·ua·ma·ni·les (-nī′lēz, -nē′lās) or aq·ua·ma·ni·li·a (-nĭl′ē-ə)
A vessel, often in the shape of an animal, used to pour water over the hands, especially in ritual cleansing.

[Medieval Latin aquaemanīle, aquamanīle, alteration (perhaps influenced by Latin manus, hand) of Latin aquimināle, wash-basin, variant of earlier aquae mānāle aquae manāle (form uncertain) : aquae, genitive of aqua, water; see akw in Indo-European roots + probably mānāle, ewer (from neuter of mānālis, flowing : mānāre, to trickle, flow + -ālis, adjectival suffix).]


(ˌækwəməˈnaɪliː; ˌækwəməˈniːliː) (ˌækwəməˈneɪliː) or


a medieval water vessela basin used by a Roman Catholic priest to wash his hands during Mass
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Aquamanile, second half 14th century, Southern Lowlands or German, bronze, ht 25.
THE TREASURES:1) Late 13th or early 14th century aquamanile in the form of a stag used for ceremonial hand washing in a church, monastery or at the feast table, left.
The earliest object, a late 13th century or early 14th century aquamanile in the form of a stag, was a vessel for holding liquid.
While a 13th-century bronze aquamanile in the form of a standing lion doubled expectations at Artcurial, it was a 12th-century German aquamanile in the far less common form of a dragon or griffin that attracted most attention at Christie's London on 2 December, in the firm's first stand-alone sculpture sale for over a decade.