05. Tray or basin for ablutions
Vers / Circa 1820
Collection : ArchidiocÃƒÂ¨se de QuÃƒÂ©bec / Archdiocese of Quebec
Laurent Amiot (1764 Quebec Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 1839 Quebec )
Hallmark under the base: L. A.
29.8 x 20.8 x 3.5 cm
Engraved under the base: a cross and E. Q. (for ÃƒÂ©vÃƒÂªque de QuÃƒÂ©bec or Bishop of Quebec)
A tray or basin for ablutions is a vessel used to hold water for ablutions during pontifical masses and by celebrating priests during various liturgical ceremonies (ashes palms washing of the feet on Holy Thursday baptism). The basin for ablutions is always accompanied by a ewer.
Since no written proof exists (receipt or inventory) the nearly immemorial use of these two pieces together in the archbishopric oratory leads us to believe that this ewer and this tray were a pair.