Byzantium, 7th-8th century / Mold for a Eulogia (Blessing) Bread / c. 600-700Byzantium, 7th-8th century
Mold for a Eulogia (Blessing) Bread
c. 600-700

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Anatolian; Byzantine
Creator Name-CRT: Byzantium, 7th-8th century
Title: Mold for a Eulogia (Blessing) Bread
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 600
Creation End Date: 700
Creation Date: c. 600-700
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood
Dimensions: Diameter: 8.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1951.152
Credit Line: Thirty-fifth anniversary gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mallon
Provenance: (Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mallon, New York).
Context: The images incised into this bread mold may represent the original church erected on Golgotha (the hill outside Jerusalem where Christ was crucified) to house Christ's tomb. The church was constructed under the emperor Constantine or his sons during the 300s ad. The mold must have been used to stamp special loaves of bread that were distributed to pilgrims at the holy sites. The loaves became eulogiae or blessings, used, much like the ampullae shown nearby, to provide portable sanctity for the pilgrim.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1951.152
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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