Bread Stamp

This is a wooden bread stamp, created by priests in Greece to use for prosphora. A prosphoron (sing.) is the holy bread used in Eastern Orthodox churches. Unlike Roman Catholic bread, prosphora use yeast, and therefore are soft and easily stamped. The stamp imprint is typically dual-purpose, as both decoration and as a guide to cut the bread evenly. This bread stamp has the design of a palm tree and was likely used for special Easter loaves.