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Monday, October 18, 2010


The aspersory and aspergillum . . .
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acetre, Hisp Ar assati, L. situla, Eng 1. small bucket-like container with a handle used for carrying drinking water from a well. 2. bucket for cleaning the kitchen. 3. aspersory for holy water accompanied by an aspergillum, a stick with holes for catching water, which the priest swings to sprinkle the congregation at the beginning of mass (Psalm 50). It can be made of gold, silver, metal, marble or wood. The Hispano Arabic origen implies that it was used by Muslims to perfume mezquitaas and palace rooms. [ES: Acetre. Apr 4, 11; and Gázquez. Cocina. 2002:41]

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