Baptism Font, St Mary - Pakenham, Suffolk
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SMacB
N 52° 16.069 E 000° 49.601
31U E 351701 N 5793051
Attractive octagonal font with the symbols of the Evangelists carved on four of the faces and seated monks at the corners of the stem.
Waymark Code: WMKEEP
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 03/31/2014
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
Views: 3

"The font is most unusual. Instead of angels, it features a bestiary accompanying the Evangelistic symbols. There is a fine unicorn, and a pelican-in-her-piety. Even more charming are the monks who sit around the shaft beneath. One is reading, another meditating, the other two holding objects. Mortlock thought they were a treasurer's satchel and a reliquary, but Jeremy Bangs tells me that it could be a book bag - you can find such books with bags attached in medieval paintings and sculptures.

The whole thing is surmounted by one of those towering font covers, familar from Hadleigh and Bury St James, the fruit of tentative 1930s triumphalism."

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