A large circular vessel, cast from the polished brass mirrors contributed by the Hebrew women, and placed between the door of the tabernacle and the altar of burnt-offering, with water for the necessary sacred ablutions, Exodus 30:18-21 28:8 40:7 30:1 32:35.
For the temple of Solomon, besides the vast brazen sea for the use of the priests, (see SEA,) ten lavers were made for cleansing the sacrifices, 2 Chronicles 4:6. Each laver contained about three hundred gallons, and was supported above a highly elaborate and beautiful base, 1 Kings 7:27-39. They were stationed within the court of the priests, in front of the temple, five on each side. See TEMPLE.