N'tillat yadayim. Handwashing has a long ritual history in Judaism. Over time requirements for the vessels used in this activity became codified. Many individuals look for a two handed pitcher. Such a pitcher precludes the clean hand from touching the now dirty handle used for the initial washing.
This piece, a raised bronze vessel with sterling silver handles, combines the roughness of antiquity with the sleek negative space of contemporary decorative arts (approx. 3.5 x 4").