A large copper or bronze vessel used for priestly ablutions in the tabernacle (Exod 30:17-21) and the Temple. It stood near the altar (Exod 40:7), and, according to (Exod 38:8), was fashioned from the mirrors of women ministering at the door of the tent of meeting. Solomon’s Temple had ten lavers (1Kgs 7:30; 1Kgs 7:38; 1Kgs 7:40) made by Hiram of Tyre.
The Bronze Basin
17The Lord spoke to Moses:18You shall make a bronze basin with a bronze stand for washing. You shall put it between the tent of meeting and the ... View more
7and place the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water in it.
8He made the basin of bronze with its stand of bronze, from the mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.
30Each stand had four bronze wheels and axles of bronze; at the four corners were supports for a basin. The supports were cast with wreaths at the side of each.
38He made ten basins of bronze; each basin held forty baths, each basin measured four cubits; there was a basin for each of the ten stands.
40Hiram also made the pots, the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram finished all the work that he did for King Solomon on the house of the Lord: