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Aquamanile [Water Vessel] in the Form of a Ram

The term aquamanile refers to a small pitcher or jug, usually incorporating animal or human figures. This stonepaste example was designed to hold liquids, although its small scale suggests it was probably decorative rather than practical. However, it could have been filled with water through the hole in the back, which would have flowed from its mouth when tipped. Stonepaste, also known as fritware, had been developed in the Middle East by the eleventh century. A fine, hard ceramic, it was used to make thin walls and fine details, and it revolutionized Islamic ceramic production.

Aquamanile [Water Vessel] in the Form of a Ram
ca. 1170–1200
Stonepaste with luster painting over an opaque white glaze
5 ¾ x 2 in. (14.6 x 5.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 60.58