UNKNOWN GOLDSMITH, Flemish
(active c. 1400 in South Netherlands)

Acquamanile

c. 1400
Bronze, height 33 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

This acquamanile (a vessel for pouring water) was made in the form of Aristotle and Phyllis. Aristotle was said to have been subjugated by his shrewish wife Phyllis; a comic inversion of the right hierarchy of the sexes.




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