Russian gingerbread mold

Dorich House, Kingston Hill

This carved 19th century wooden mould was used for making pryanik, a type of spiced cake or biscuit made of sugar and honey. Pryanik, which is traditionally associated with celebrations, is often described as Russian gingerbread, although ginger is not an essential ingredient. The Dorich House mould is carved with an imperial eagle, fruit and foliage. The surrounding lettering indicates that this mould was created to celebrate a name day – the saint’s day associated with the name given to a person when they are welcomed into the Russian Orthodox church.

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