Baptismal Fonts

Basins or other vessels, often covered, set in or on the ground or sometimes fixed on a pedestal; intended to catch the water used during the Baptism ceremony. The basin must have a drain so that the baptismal water can flow directly into the ground.

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baptismal font
baptismal fonts
bastismal font
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font, baptismal
doopvonten Dutch
doopvont Dutch
doopbekken Dutch
doopbekkens Dutch
fonts baptismaux French
cuve baptismale French
fonti battesimali Italian
fonte battesimale Italian
pilas bautismales Spanish
pila bautismal Spanish

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Large basins or other vessels, often made of stone and with a cover, set in or on the ground or fixed on a pedestal; intended to catch the runoff water used during the baptism ceremony. As used in certain denominations, the basin must have a drain so that the baptismal water can flow directly into the ground.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300080617. The J. Paul Getty Trust.