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Sounds good to me! Does anyone know of traditions/baptismal liturgies that call for circling the font?
Meg


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"Another iconographic peculiarity is that the narrative of the font seems to run from right to left."


Would that be so that anyone reading it would circle the font clockwise rather than anti-clockwise? Some people still think it is unlucky to go round a church anti-clockwise ('widdershins').


Jane



On 28/06/2019 19:54, James Bugslag wrote:
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Dear Gordon,

I no of no other examples of this iconographic peculiarity, but Louis Reau points out that the Expulsion from Eden was related exegetically to Expulsion of the Moneychangers from the Temple.  The structure at right might just as easily represent the Temple as a city.  Another iconographic peculiarity is that the narrative of the font seems to run from right to left.

A very interesting work!

Cheers,

Jim


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On the 12th-century Tournai marble font at East Meon in Hampshire the Expulsion scene shows the angel with the flaming sword driving Adam & Eve from
what is recognisably a city - see my image on Flickr here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/22274117@N08/14533519943

Learned ones, do you know of any other examples of this and can you suggest the origin of this iconographical peculiarity?

Gordon Plumb

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