From the Monastery of Saint-Trond, Wellen; Made in Liège, South Netherlands
Dark calciferous limestone
15 ½ x 51 in., 400 lb. (39.4 x 129.5 cm, 181.4 kg)
The Cloisters Collection, 1947 (47.101.21)
Numerous dark stone baptismal fonts produced in the valley of the Meuse River were exported throughout northern Europe. The four projecting heads, carved with unusual simplicity and power, were once supported by subsidiary colonettes; the whole rested on a square plinth. When this font was made, baptismal practice was changing from immersing the body to anointing a child's forehead.