“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown,” but bent is the back that bears the holy water font.



I have never seen a holy water font like this. Ever. And I have been in a lot of churches. This font is located in the Church of St. Anastasia in Verona, Italy. It was carved by Gabriele and installed in 1495.  The figure is a hunchback and he has been doing 500+ years of heavy lifting. Touching the hump of a hunchback was thought to bring good luck. So really, stopping by the hunchback’s font, a surreptitious touch on his back, dip your fingers in the water, sign of the cross and it was like you had a force-field over you for the rest of the day.  At least that is how it felt to me.

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