Photo © Israel Museum, Jerusalem, by Avraham Hay
Bread stamp divided into four parts by a cross
Early Muslim Period
D: 17 cm
Israel Antiquities Authority
Accession number: IAA 1999-3955
Bread has always had symbolic meaning: it has been offered to gods, served to important guests, and presented as a token of peace. The custom of stamping bread before it is baked existed even before the advent of Christianity, and over time, it became customary to stamp the holy bread used for the Eucharist, as well.

Israeli, Yael, and Mevorach, David, Cradle of Christianity, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 2000, English / Hebrew

Cradle of Christianity, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 28/03/2000 - 30/01/2001

Digital presentation of this object was made possible by: The Ridgefield Foundation, New York, in memory of Henry J. and Erna D. Leir