A baptismal font from medieval Belgium

 

A medieval baptismal font in Liège, Belgium

 

If I’m not mistaken, I saw a very similar artifact in the Hermitage back when St. Petersburg was still called Leningrad.  Somewhat smaller, as I recall.  Unfortunately, I think I’ve only been back to the Hermitage once since then, and, on the day that I was there, the museum was horribly crowded and I had only a short time.  But I don’t think I’m wrong.  I remember taking a photograph, but that was many years and several moves ago, and I have no idea where to find the photo now.

 

http://www.templestudy.com/2008/02/26/a-12th-century-baptismal-font-upon-twelve-oxen/

 

The Salt Lake Temple baptistry

 

The Cardston Alberta Temple baptistry
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The Nauvoo Illinois Temple baptistry

 

 

 

  • Darren

    Interesting baptismal font. Is the artifact you reference a replica of the baptismal font in Belgium?

  • hthalljr

    Here’s Wikipedia’s article on this font: http://goo.gl/siHKq1.

    It’s hard to see the scale of the font, but I suspect it’s no larger than most fonts in old churches I see in Austria — about waist high, but in the older fonts, still large enough to immerse an infant! (Infant immersion is still practiced in Eastern Orthodoxy, but with immersion to the neck & pouring water over the head also OK: three times, of course.)

    See also this Episcopal revival of the practice of infant immersion: http://goo.gl/jXurC9).

    There’s a replica in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. http://goo.gl/419PbI

    The grouping and pointing of the oxen is interesting. Some depictions of Solomon’s sea show the oxen in groups of three, with each group facing one of the compass directions (Jewish Encyclopedia via Wikipedia: http://goo.gl/v0LT2Q). This font, and most LDS fonts, still group them in groups of three, but have them facing about 30 degrees apart.


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