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Animal Baking Mold

  • Cast iron baking mold

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This hollow cast iron container is a baking mold used for shaping bread or cake for children, according to archaeologists. It was excavated with a similar elephant mold. The mold is from the excavation of Hallado en al-Fudyan in Jordan, dated to the 8th century CE, during the Umayyad Islamic period. The mold is 17 cm high, 16.5 cm wide, and 6 cm deep (6.7 x 6.5 x 2.4 inches). The two hinges enable the mold to be opened and filled with dough. The ram is significant in Muslim society, especially during Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, which commemorates Abraham’s sacrifice of a ram in place of his son. On Eid al-Adha, households sacrifice an animal such as a sheep or a lamb, sharing the meat with neighbors and the poor. Children share in the festivities and entertainments, receiving gifts, sweets, and money.

Jordan Archaeological Museum

Credits

Ram Mould, J.1651, Jordan Archaeological Museum. Available online: Museum with No Frontiers, Discover Islamic Art, http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;jo;Mus... (accessed April 1, 20

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Animal Baking Mold in World History Commons,