Devs et Lvmen Aquamanile Ewer Vintage Bronze Figure with Bearded Face standing on lion's feet
Vintage Bronze Devs et Lvmen Aquamanile Ewer adorned with a beard standing on lion's feet. Devs et Lvmen, or Deus et Lumen, is Latin for God and Light. Dated MDLXXV or 1575 but actual manufacture should be around early 1900's although some were made in the late 19th century. A rather bizarre container: it seemed to be a liturgical instrument used by the Catholic priest during services to ritually wash his hands. A molded bronze object made according to Wikipedia in Germany. Another theory is that aquamaniles were used for the washing of hands at the table, together with a basin.
Dimensions: W 4” x D 4” x H 8” Condition: Vintage Origin: Germany