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Bacini above a church entrance  - 14th January 2007

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Bacini (glazed bowls) above a church entrance  - click to enlarge

 
Bacini above a church entrance

 

Bacini - click to enlarge

 

Bacini details

 

Church of the Panagia - Prinos

 
Church of the Panagia in Prinos

 

Bacini are glazed bowls (often Venetian in date) that are embedded into the exterior of churches at time of construction. Quite often they have now disappeared and you can only see the shape of the missing bowls above the entrance. Their Greek name is skyphion, plural skyphia, from the ancient Greek skyphos, a small deep drinking vessel.

The church of the Panagia in Prinos still has some very well preserved examples dating back to the beginning of the 15th century.

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