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artmastered:  Aquamanile in the Form of Aristotle and Phyllis [unknown artist], late 14th/early 15th century, Netherlands, bronze, 32.5 x 17.9 x 39.3 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. An aquamanile is a type of vessel used for pouring water onto the hands before a meal - or before Mass in a religious context. I’m not totally sure where exactly the water flows from, but I’m guessing it has something to do with Aristotle’s head or neck. Phyllis, the daughter of a Thracian king in…

artmastered: Aquamanile in the Form of Aristotle and Phyllis [unknown artist], late 14th/early 15th century, Netherlands, bronze, 32.5 x 17.9 x 39.3 cm, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. An aquamanile is a type of vessel used for pouring water onto the hands before a meal - or before Mass in a religious context. I’m not totally sure where exactly the water flows from, but I’m guessing it has something to do with Aristotle’s head or neck. Phyllis, the daughter of a Thracian king in…

Medieval Christmas Traditions: The feast of the peacock, 15th century. Yes, when they served peacock at Christmas, they served it with the feathers on. Well, they took the skin and the feathers off to cook it, and then wrapped them back around the bird when it was done so it was presented at the table looking more like it did when it was alive. Sometimes, if they were feeling really extravagant, they gilded the combs. True fact.

Medieval Christmas Traditions: The feast of the peacock, 15th century. Yes, when they served peacock at Christmas, they served it with the feathers on. Well, they took the skin and the feathers off to cook it, and then wrapped them back around the bird when it was done so it was presented at the table looking more like it did when it was alive. Sometimes, if they were feeling really extravagant, they gilded the combs. True fact.

The Visitation    Attributed to Master Heinrich of Constance (German, active in Constance, ca. 1300)    Date: ca. 1310–20    The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Visitation Attributed to Master Heinrich of Constance (German, active in Constance, ca. 1300) Date: ca. 1310–20 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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