A gemellion, or washing basin, from 1250-1275. Gemellions such as this one would have been used for washing hands either during mass or before or after eating. The word gemellion comes from the Latin word for twin, gemellus, because gemellions were always made in pairs. The top one, which would have a spout on one side, would be filled with water, often scented with herbs and spices. The water would then flow out of the spout over a person’s hands and be caught in the second basin below.

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A gemellion, or washing basin, from 1250-1275. Gemellions such as this one would have been used for washing hands either during mass or before or after eating. The word gemellion comes from the Latin word for twin, gemellus, because gemellions were always made in pairs. The top one, which would have a spout on one side, would be filled with water, often scented with herbs and spices. The water would then flow out of the spout over a person’s hands and be caught in the second basin below.

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