This enormous stone bowl or font stands/stood in Tallaght in South County Dublin. The creation of such a font must have been a great undertaking at the time and have taken a long time to complete. What was it used for and is it still in situ?
While I have the vaguest of notions that we have come across archaic words for a font previously ("pant"?), I do not think we've encountered the word "losset" before. But, apparently, this is what we have here. Losset is an old-Irish word for a trough, and this example is St. Maelruan's Losset
in Tallaght. Apparently used for ceremonial feet bathing (rather than as a baptismal font), it seems quite ancient. Though, was apparently moved in the very late 19th century - perhaps dating this image to after c.1899...
Collection: Mason Photographic Collection
Date: Catalogue range c.1890-1910. Perhaps after c.1899 (re-sited?)
NLI Ref: M14/31
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