Terracota mould of St. Catherine: late 15th - early 16th century
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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.
1460 AD - 1550 AD