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Gemellion with Hunting Scene and Busts of Angels
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Gemellion with Hunting Scene and Busts of Angels


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Description A gemellion (from the Latin geminus, meaning "twin") is one of a pair of basins used for hand washing, either at home or during the Mass. Water was poured from the spouted bowl and was caught in the second bowl placed below. Many gemellions made in the enamel manufacturing center of Limoges, France, were decorated with secular-themed designs of birds, beasts, or courtly scenes. This bowl shows a rider on horseback hunting with his bird of prey and two dogs in the central medallion and busts of angels on the surround.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/14/1953Treatmentcleaned
2/05/2001Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation
Exhibitions
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2001-2002.
  • Realms of Faith: Medieval and Byzantine Art from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville. 2002-2005.
Provenance Milanese Collection; H. Wareham Harding, New York, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, November 1921, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1921

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Period
13th century (Medieval)
Medium
champlevé enamel on copper with gilding
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.73
Measurements
8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm) (diam.)
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