Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Basin for holy water
Acre
Crusader period, 13th century
Marble
H: 12.5; Diam: 37 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 2009-1363
 
 
The heads decorating the basin symbolize joy and sadness. The emotions are conveyed through the modeling of the mouths and the cheeks, which are lifted in the happy face and fallen in the sad one.

Publications:
Rozenberg, S. (ed.), Knights of the Holy Land: The Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1999

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