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Baptismal basin

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The large basin with a broad everted rim has a drawn, applied, molded edge. The sides of the basin descend vertically before curving inward toward a small central dome and center point. Faint remains of incomplete compass-patterned engraving are visible on the central dome; two S-scrolls for an...

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Latin inscription "Doms. Johannes Legg Arm gr, Ecclesiam J. Christi apud Marbleh-d / eujus Revd D. Edwd Holyoke est Paftor, hoc pietatis testimonio religiose donavit. / Anno 1718" engraved on rim.


Stamped "IC" above a coney, within a shield, between inscription and rim of basin. Ada Mark * F3845


1718, made for The Second Congregational Church in Marblehead, Massachusetts (later called the Unitarian Universalist Church in Marblehead) with silver given by John Legg; 1984, purchased by the MFA from the church. (Accession date: June 13, 1984)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a Friend of the Department and the Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund


Object Place

Boston, Massachusetts


Overall (h x dia.; weight): 8.6 x 43 cm, 1.6 kg (3 3/8 x 16 15/16 in., 3.4 lb.)

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Silver hollowware