aquamanile


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aq·ua·ma·ni·le

 (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).]

aquamanile

(ˌækwəməˈnaɪliː; ˌækwəməˈniːliː) (ˌækwəməˈneɪliː) or

aquamanale

n
a medieval water vessela basin used by a Roman Catholic priest to wash his hands during Mass
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A Southern Netherlandish bronze aquamanile (pouring vessel) of the late 14th or early 15th century shows the bare-shouldered dominatrix perched side-saddle on the sage, her left hand (the 'butt' of the vessel's handle) resting on his backside, while her right seizes a tuft of his receding hair (Fig.
Entry is free.: 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.
The earliest object, a late 13th century or early 14th century 'aquamanile', in the form of a stag, was a vessel for holding liquid and would have been used for ceremonial hand-washing in a church, monastery or at the feast table.
The exhibit is arranged mostly chronologically, opening with a 13th century bronze "aquamanile," a sort of pitcher used in pre-plumbing days for hand-washing water, and working its way right up to a ceramic bowl made by a contemporary French artist in 1996.
Aquamanile, second half 14th century, Southern Lowlands or German, bronze, ht 25.5cm.