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An aquamanile (from Lat. aqua = water and manus = hand) is a pouring vessel used for washing hands in a liturgical or secular context.
It can be made of metal or pottery and can be shaped like a person, animal or mythical creature.
In liturgics it is used for washing the priest's hands during mass. In the Middle Ages (12th - 15th Centuries) it was used to wash ones hands at the table. An aquamanile comes with a bowl or a basin to collect the water.

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