Chiefly the large bowl of bronze used by the priests to receive the blood of the sacrificial victims (Ex 27:3; 29:16; 1Ki 7:45 etc.). It is only once found in secular use, if the text is correct (Am 6:6, otherwise Septuagint, see Bowl). Similar bowls or basins of silver were presented by the princes of the congregation (Nu 7:13 ff.); those destined for Solomon's Temple were of gold (1Ki 7:50). The basins of Ex 12:22; 2Sa 17:28 were probably of earthenware. A special washbasin was used by Jesus for washing the disciples' feet (Joh 13:5).
A. R. S. Kennedy.