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Bust Aquamanile

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Pouring vessel in the shape of a male bust with raised hands. Cast in one piece and chased. The bust is frontal, with large double-edged almond-shaped eyes, broad high cheekbones, straight nose with flared nostrils, and small straight mouth marked by several parallel lines. From the lower lids...

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Michalkow, Ukraine. August Wolff, Heidelberg, Germany; November 5, 1931, posthumous Wolff sale, Helbing, Munich, lot 73, sold for 8500 M. 1935, art market [see note 1]. By 1956, Brummer Gallery, New York [see note 2]; 1965, sold by Ella Brummer to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1965) NOTES: [1] Otto van Falke and Erich Meyer, Romanische Leuchter und gefässe Giessgefässe der Gotik (Berlin, 1935), p. 109, no. 335, fig. 312. [2] The aquamanile was mentioned in a letter from Hanns Swarzenski of the MFA to Ernest Brummer of Brummer Gallery, New York (June 29, 1956) and was sold to the MFA by his wife, Mrs. Ella Brummer, in 1965.

Credit Line

Decorative Arts Special Fund

North German (Magdeburg), Medieval, late 12th–early 13th century

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24.1 x 17.6 x 18.1 cm (9 1/2 x 6 15/16 x 7 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Latten (83.6% copper, 7.2% zinc, 3.2% lead, 6% tin)