Aquamanile Ram Jug

This is a detail of a ram-shaped jug, or 'aquamanile', made in Scarborough in the early medieval times (around the 14th Century). An aquamanile is a kind of jug made in the shape of an animal or human figure. It usually contained water for people to wash their hands before religious ceremonies. Most jugs like this are in metal, usually brass or bronze, but this one is very rare because it is made from pottery and has survived for over 700 years without being broken! Scarborough Museums Trust
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