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Baptismal Font
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I. Liturgy – II. Art History

I. Liturgy

The baptismal font shows how baptism was administered: decorations indicate the theological meaning of baptism, and changes in the form of the font point to changes in the liturgical significance of the rite. Early Christian baptism was probably administered in flowing waters, either by pouring these over the head of the candidate or by immersion. From the third century onward, we have evidence of baptisteries with a pool in the floor into which the candidate descended…

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Neijenhuis, Jörg and Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane, “Baptismal Font”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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