Font

Font

Purchased from F. Künsthardt in 1874 for £19

Original:

Font
Sculptor unknown
About 1220
Cast brass
Hildesheim Cathedral, Hildesheim, Germany

The font is decorated with representations on the cover of Moses and Aaron on either side of an altar, an Allegory of Pity, the Anointing of Christ by St Mary Magdalen, and the Passage through the Read Sea of the Israelites, the Ark of the Covenant, the Baptism of Christ, and the Virgin and Child between two bishops and the Provost Wilbernus at her feet; the figures supporting the font represent the Rivers of Paradise. The font was given to the Cathedral of Hildesheim by Wilbernus, Provost of Hildesheim (1216-20).