Byzantium, Palestine, Byzantine period, 7th-10th century
wood, Diameter: 8.8 x 1.9 cm (3 7/16 x 11/16 in.). Thirty-fifth anniversary gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mallon 1951.152
It was a common early Christian practice to stamp images and inscriptions into loaves of bread using special molds. Representing the Church of the Holy Sepulcher on Mount Golgotha--the hill outside Jerusalem on which Christ was crucified and entombed--this wooden mold was probably used to stamp loaves of bread distributed to pilgrims visiting Jerusalem, in commemoration of their journey.
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