Here the conventional ewer and basin set that was used at the courtly table for the washing of hands has been transformed into a showpiece glorifying the emperor. The rich and complex decoration is inspired by the allegorical poem I Trionfi (Triumphs) by Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch). Eternity, which crowns the ewer, triumphs over Love, Chastity, Death, Fame and Time.
Gilded silver, enamel
L. 64,7 cm, B. 53 cm, H. 12 cm
Cristofero Iamnizer fezit
Nürnberger Beschau; R 3, Nr.3839
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer
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