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Virgin Mary and Child / Adam and Eve Springerle cookie mold

Identifier: ML-076


  • Majority of material found in circa 1600-1750

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1 items (1 Box) : Carved/engraved wood. ; 25 cm x 23.5 cm

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Vendor's description: Swiss/Austrian Origin, c. 17th Century 25 x 23.5 cm. Two-sided springele/marchpane mould. Carved subjects: Serpent's Temptation of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, and the Flight of Joseph, Mary, and the infant Christ into Egypt. Both circular, bordered with wreath of bay leaves, 4 frets dividing the wreath, indicative of the 4 points of the cross. Wood moulds were popularized in the 14th century. Bible scenes became abundant in the 1600s as visual depiction's to entertain the mostly illiterate population as edible moral instruction. From 1600 on, Zurich was the capitol for Old Testament moulds, with surrounding communities making up the New Testament moulds. Molded pastries were a sign of prestige and often used as competition amongst families at community festivals. Two sets of initials - initials were used by baker/owner to signify their ownership. Having two branded initials may mean the bakery was sold from one owner to another.


Additional Resource: 17th-Century Pastry Mold: Linking the Past and the Future by Shari Nielson, University of Dayton (

Guide to the Virgin Mary and Child / Adam and Eve Springerle cookie mold, circa 1600-1750
Eve Wolynes
September 2022
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