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Wash-hand basin (Lavabo) Venetian Sculptor


Venetian Sculptor

Culture Italian
Date ca. 1500
Object type sculpture
Medium, technique marble

27 x 46 cm

Inventory number 1381
Collection Sculpture
On view Museum of Fine Arts, Ground Floor, Renaissance Hall

The wash-hand basin carved from white marble was used for liturgical purposes: prior to the mass, the priest would wash his hands in the basin in the vestry, doing so as a symbol of inner purification. The basin was made in the early sixteenth century by an unknown master who seems to have been inspired by motifs used in Pietro Lombardo’s workshop. The basin’s surface is divided into three fields; on the two sides there are goblets filled with fruit, while the middle section is decorated with foliage coming from the mask of a man and ending in flowers and leaves, as well as with a bird motif.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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