Taufsteine aus skandinavischen Gesteinen in Schweden und Norddeutschland
Title Baptismal Fonts made of Scandinavian Rock in Sweden and Northern Germany
The article provides an overview of the various types of rock used for baptismal fonts from the Middle Ages onwards in Scandinavia, especially Sweden and Northern Germany. The fonts are made of boulders as well as bedrock from these countries, and some of them were exported within the region. Some studies of the migration of both rocks and styles in order throw further light on the existence of trade routes, forms of cultural transfer, iconography and decorative features, and how they changed over the centuries, have been published in Scandinavia. The specimens described here serve only as examples of larger groups of fonts, which in most cases have both stylistic and petrographic characteristics in common. The author wants to encourage further research, especially in Germany, in order to ascertain such similarities for other types of rock as well, and at the same time look for deviating elements. The article is in German, with captions in English and a map indicating the locations of the fonts depicted.