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Holy water stoups

The origins of the holy water stoups

The use of these containers of Holy Water became common in Churches around the XIth century. The word “Acquasantiera” (Holy water stoups) into common use starting from the 1700s and today refers to the stone, marble or alabaster containers found at the entrance of churches for the use of the faithful.

The adoption of small holy water stoups, also made of ceramic, is a widespread custom among Catholic families. The holy water stoups are affixed to the wall and used to dip the hand in holy water before making the sign of the cross, or simply displayed for decorative purposes.

Our hand painted ceramic holy water stoups

Holy water stoups with traditional decorations

Available in various shapes and decorations, such as the Garofano, the Compendiary, the Pavona and the Rose, our holy water stoups are made respecting the Faenza ceramic tradition.

acquasantiere Pavona, Compendiario e Palmetta

Holy water stoups decorated with Pavona, Compendiary and Palmetta

Acquasantiere decorate Rosa, Ghianda e Compendiario

Holy water stoups decorated with Rose, Acorn and Compendiary

Acquasantiere decorate a Garofano, Compendiario, Melograno

Holy water stoups decorated with Garofano, Compendiary, Melograno

Holy water stoups – unique pieces

The unique pieces are entirely handmade, without molds, in various shapes according to the artist’s imagination. These holy water stoups are characterized by blue background ornaments and landscapes, flowers or sacred images. They are available in various sizes, even on order.

acquasantiere raffaellesche in ceramica - pezzi unici

Holy water stoups decorated in Raphaelesque style, unique pieces

Buy online our holy water stoups!

A selection of our font is available for purchase on our online shop www.CeramicaFaenza.it