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Base

The ten lavers of Solomon’s Temple (see [[Jerusalem Temple]]) are designated bases, more properly stands (מְכוֹנָה, H4807, 1 Kings 7:27) which received the lavers on top. Each was four cubits long by four wide and three high. The frame had corner posts to which were attached upper and lower rails, with the spaces thus formed filled in with cast or embossed panels. The rails and posts also had floral or animal decoration (v. 29). Axles of bronze were attached to the posts and received bronze wheels one and a half cubits in diameter, made after the manner of chariot wheels (vv. 32, 33). At the top of the frame were shoulders which supported a ring to receive the lavers. This ring was a cubit and a half in diameter and one cubit high above the frame (v. 31). Both the shoulders and the ring were decorated, the shoulders having attached, wreathlike decoration. The corners of the bases were fashioned to receive the axles. With the axles thus held rigidly, it would not be possible to turn t