Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Ardon Bar-Hama
Baptismal font hewn in stone in the shape of a cross
Central church at Herodium
6th century CE
H: 80; Diam: 100 cm
Staff Archaeological Officer in the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria
Accession number: K30582
The baptismal fonts were not unified in shape. Sometimes they were small pools coated with plaster, but the more common type was a square, round, or cruciform basin hewn into a block of stone and with a deep cruciform of quatrefoil depression at the bottom.

Israeli, Yael, and Mevorach, David, Cradle of Christianity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2000, English / Hebrew

Cradle of Christianity, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 28/03/2000 - 30/01/2001

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir