Terracota mould of St. Catherine: late 15th - early 16th century

 
Terracota mould of St. Catherine: late 15th - early 16th century
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 29cm

Full image caption

Oval shaped terracotta mould of St. Catherine. St. Catherine is wearing a long robe and holds a wheel in her right hand. This is a sweetmeat or cake mould used by bakers and confectioners to make special cakes, wafers and biscuits to celebrate religious festivals, saints' days and other events in the church calendar. This terracotta mould was probably used on St. Catherine's feast day on 25th November for the mass-production of 'almond breads' (marzipan) or 'bisket breads' made from fine flour, eggs and sugar coloured with saffron or some other natural colourant. St Katherine was one of the most popular saints in the Medieval period, and there were many chapels, chantries and churches dedicated to her memory in London.

Image Details

Date
 
1460 AD - 1550 AD
Image Number
 
000192

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