LEAD BAPTISMAL FONT

An Extraordinary Piece from French Gothic Metalwork
Alejandro Villa del Castillo, Clara Almagro Vidal, and Olivier Bobin, 2018

Since the beginning of Christianity, the celebration of the sacrament of baptism has been one of the most important religious ceremonies. Generally located at the entrance, in the interior of churches, baptismal fonts were not only used to submerge the neophyte in the holy water, the purpose they were created for, but also, given their sculptural decorations, to shape and expand an iconographic program with didactical purposes.
The Baptismal Font that is presented in this work was manufactured in the second half of the 13th century, in the outskirts of the town of Toulouse (France). It is made of lead, of a circular shape, and its exterior perimeter is decorated with friezes of floral motifs, pairs of animals and fantastic beings facing each other among symmetrical trees, framed by moldings representing ropes.
With this new publication we go deeper into the fascinating world of the Middle Ages through the presentation of an original religious object, that has reached our time in an exceptional state of conservation.