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Gemellion with Peacocks
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Gemellion with Peacocks

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Description A gemellion (from the Latin "geminus," meaning "twin") is one of a pair of basins used to wash hands, either at home or during the Mass. Water was poured from the spouted bowl over the hands and was caught in the second bowl placed below. This gemellion is adorned with peacocks, a symbol of beauty, paradise, and immortality in the Middle Ages. It is said to have been found in the Seine River and is corroded from its long submersion.
Provenance [Found in the Seine, Paris]; Henri Daguerre, Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1927, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1927

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13th century (Medieval)
champlevé enamel on copper
Accession Number
8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm) (diam.)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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