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Historical Archive: Basins, Cauldrons, Tanks, and Baptismal Fonts

representations follow surviving examples


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tank (font?) from Icklingham (Eng.), lead, 4th c., BM 1946,0204.1. For details see BM.
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font, marble, 9th-10th c. Mainz, LMM S3116. For detail see LMM.
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Chalice of Bratilo, 12th c. Byzantine Novgorod, silver gilt, Novgorod AM. This work has its own page.
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12th-13th c. font, rebuilt 16th c., in Ravenna, Orthodox baptistery, which has its own pages.
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Bobrinsky bucket, bronze with silver and copper, Afghanistan, 1163, Hermitage IR-2268. This work has its own page.
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baptismal font, prob. sandstone, Westphalia late 12th c., DMP G1.17. For profile view see DMP.
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limestone baptismal font, Mosan c.1200, Schn K112, which has its own page
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soapstone baptismal font fr. Os, Hordaland, 1225-50, Bergen MA 37. For other views see Bergen.
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font, copper alloy c.1226, Hildesheim Cathedral. This work has its own page.
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font Guido Bigarelli da Como 1245-46, Pisa baptistery, which has its own page, in cathedral complex
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Muhammad ibn al-Zayn, Baptistère de Saint Louis, Egypt or Syria c.1330-40, Louvre LP16. This work has its own page.
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Baptismal font fr. church St. Elizabeth Wrocław, bronze, Wrocław bef. 1477, MNW SZM 5600. This work has its own page.
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baptismal font with 1621 wood cover in Sion Cathedral. This building has its own page.
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1663 James Clement wooden font cover with 1846 baptismal font, Durham Cathedral, which has its own pages with Clement 1665 choir stalls
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1843 font, Cambridge Holy Sepulchre, which has its own page
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undated stoup or font with lions, stone, Ravenna Museo Nazionale
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seasons sarcophagus with menorah, marble, c.250-350, Rome MNR 67611, which has its own page
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Shepherd sarcophagus from Catacomb of Praetextatus (Three Shepherds Sarcophagus; Christian?), marble c.370-400, Vat 31554 (ex 191A). This work has its own page.
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basin left: life of Dionysus, ivory pyxis, 5th c., Bologna pcr 12, which has its own page
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liturgical ewer and basin (patera): Riha paten, silver/gilt/niello, 565-78, DO BZ.1924.5, which has its own page
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Christ washing the feet of the Apostles, and Crucifixion, 9th to early 10th c. north Italy, RLM. For color see RLM.
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baptism, ivory, c.870-75? Louvre MR 368, MR 369. This work has its own page.
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scourging, Pontius Pilate, ivory fr Magdeburg Antependium, Milan c.970, BNM 17/420. For scale see BNM.
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basin: Basilewsky Situla, ivory, 980-81, V&A A.18-1933. This work has its own page.
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basin: gold altar frontal, early 11th c., Aachen cathedral. The altar and cathedral have their own pages.
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basin: Nativity ivory, Venice?, 12th/13th c.; on reliquary icon: frame silver gilt on wood, Constantinople 11th/12th c.; conversion to reliquary with horn 14th/15th-c. Germany. Louvre OA 11399. This work has its own page.
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font: Abdinghof portable altar, 1115-30, DMP PR50, which has its own page
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capital with Lazarus and Dives: Abraham with soul of Lazarus, limestone, c.1125, MAHSD. For contiguous faces see the Saint-Denis museum page.
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top, grapes harvested and put into vat: Chartres west façade center 1140s-c.1150. For more views see Chartres.
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cauldron: Last Judgment, enamel and gilt on copper, Winchester c.1150-60, V&A M.209-1925
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baptism of Constantine: Stavelot Triptych, Mosan, c.1156-58, Morgan AZ001, which has its own page.
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Pisa Cathedral doors, bronze, Bonannus of Pisa c.1180. This work has its own page with another basin.
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ambulatory window 1213-20: Canterbury cathedral, which has its own glass page.
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Nicola Pisano pulpit 1260, Pisa baptistery, which has its own page, in cathedral complex
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basin: St. Peter altarpiece, Saint Peter Master or Guido da Siena/Guido di Graziano, 1280s. SPN 15. This work has its own page.
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Tristan bathed: Tristan embroidery, wool on linen, c.1300-25, WIEN Ha 1, WienMus, which has its own page
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cauldron: Passion of Christ ivory, Paris, 1st half of 14th c., MAAB. This object has its own page.
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Giovanni Pisano pulpit 1302-10, which has its own page with another basin, in Pisa cathedral
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Nativity with Isaiah and Ezechiel, Duccio 1308/1311, NGA 1937.1.8. This work has its own page.
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St. Cecilia in burning bath (bottom center right): Kloster Wienhausen nuns' choir, painted c.1335, which has its own page
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Martin baptized: Life of St. Martin of Tours, embroidered altar frontal, 2nd half of 14th c., MRAH. This work has its own page.
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simoniacs upside down in baptismal fonts (upper left) in Hell: Cappella Strozzi di Mantova, Florence, Nardo di Cione 1354-57, which has its own page
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Jacob setting rods before the sheep of Laban: Baptistery, cathedral of Padua, 1376 frescoes: Giusto de' Menabuoi. This work has its own pages.
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basin: birth John the Baptist, Baptistery, cathedral of Padua, 1376 frescoes: Giusto de' Menabuoi. This work has its own pages including Pilate with basin.
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basin, upper left: Man of Sorrows w. instruments Passion, Niccolo di Pietro Gerini c.1405-06, tempera/panel fr Santissima Annunziata, Florence: Arezzo MS
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St. Thomas Aquinas at Prayer (predella panel from a polyptych), tempera on poplar wood, Sassetta (Stefano di Giovanni), c.1423-26, MFAB 32. This work has its own page.
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oak chest with Last Supper, 16th c., Hospice Comtesse Lille A.178. This work has its own page.
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basin: Albrecht Altdorfer 1509-18, Pilate washing his hands, from altarpiece of St. Sebastian, Abbey of St. Florian
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Triptych of St. Stanislaus the Bishop from church in Pławno, painted and gilt limewood, Krakow c.1510-20, MNW Śr. 18. This work has its own page.
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basin, Pilate: Meerbeck carver, Passion c.1525-30, North Paradise, Cathedral, Hildesheim, which has its own pages with details
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related: pit, Mina'i ware beaker with Shahnama story, Iran late 12th c., Freer F1928.2. This work has its own page.