14th Century. Aquamanile; bronze; shape of a lion; lion's mouth pierced by a hole, carries tubular object in mouth; tail curved beneath one leg, whilst from his hind-quarters to his head springs a beast, forming a handle.
Title Lion, from Nuremberg, c.1400 (bronze) Nationality German Description Loewe; Nuernberg; Location Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg (Nuernberg), Germany Medium bronze Date (C15th) Dimensions 17.5x17 cms
This lion, which served as a fountain spout, was found at Monzón de Campos (Palencia, Spain). Epigraphic analysis has dated it to the 12th–13th century. It is one of the few metal artifacts of the Islamic west to have survived from this period.