Photo © Andrei Vainer
Baptismal font hewn in stone
Central church at Herodium
6th century CE
Stone
D: 100 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 030582K
 
 
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.

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

Exhibition:
Cradle of Christianity, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, Spring 2000 - Winter 2001

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