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photoblog image Images from a Cornish Church (2)

Images from a Cornish Church (2)

This unassuming stone bowl with "handles" is actually a portable font.  It is very ancient, and much older than the medieval church in which it resides. Fonts like this would  probably have been used before churches were built, as were the old preaching crosses. I like to imagine it being trundled around the countryside by missionary monks, converting and baptising the native people. 

Images from a Cornish Church (2)

This unassuming stone bowl with "handles" is actually a portable font.  It is very ancient, and much older than the medieval church in which it resides. Fonts like this would  probably have been used before churches were built, as were the old preaching crosses. I like to imagine it being trundled around the countryside by missionary monks, converting and baptising the native people. 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Jun 2019, 01:16
Well...I think it is a porrage bowl!
Lisl: I expected a wry comment, Ray!
that is quite interesting indeed when i think about it, Lisl, this font being older than the church and being redeployed at another church.
Lisl: I think it would probably have just been used in the open before any churches had been built, Ayush
  • jpla
  • Anjou
  • 25 Jun 2019, 05:54
Elle doit faire un certain poids, pour la transporter ça ne devait pas être chose aisée
JP
Lisl: Probably on a sort of wooden cart, JP
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Jun 2019, 06:52
Very interesting Lisl, a new concept for me
Lisl: Cornwall seems to have all sorts of antiquity in its borders
Je ne connaissais pas du tout ce nom de "Police Portable "à  moins que ma traduction deforme le nom de ce bol de pierre , Merci pour sa découvete
Lisl: I hope it helped, Claudine
I thought from the thumbnail it was going to be a primitive toilet
Lisl: You are as bad as Ray, Bill!!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 25 Jun 2019, 08:17
What an incredible object Lisl. Good find.
Lisl: Yes - I was quite excited to see this
I had never seen a portable fountain before, it's superb and the quality of the old stone is a real beauty
Lisl: It's a real treasure, Marie
What a concept! When you think of your idea, it is so incredible.
Lisl: But brilliant for spreading the Gospel in early times
A good concept, getting out and about to meet the people
Lisl: Brilliant, Martin
I've certainly never come across anything like that before.
Lisl: No - it's a real rarity, Brian
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jun 2019, 15:01
How interesting. It must have been quite a task to carry it from place to place.
Lisl: A lot smaller than the later fonts!
Could date back to immediate post-Roman times, I imagine.
Lisl: I imagine 6th Century or later. Probably about the time of the missionary monks from Ireland

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