The Life-Giving Source: Water in the Hierotopy and the Iconography of the Christian World
June 25–27, 2014
This paper examines phialae as spatial icons by focusing on their micro-architecture and related spiritual and sacramental meanings. Similar in architectural form and meaning to ablution and baptismal fonts, phialae were distinct installations for holy water fonts, which were used for ceremonies related to the blessing of holy water but would also invoke references to the cleansing of sins and the sacrament of baptism.
Jelena Bogdanović. "The Phiale as a Spatial Icon" Moscow, RussiaThe Life-Giving Source. Water in the Hierotopy and Iconography of the Christian World: Materials from the International Symposium
(2015) p. 106 - 109
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jelena_bogdanovic/21/