Antique Ottoman Soap Making Mold, Jerusalem, Palestine, 19th century.
The mold is made of wood and the Christian cross pattern is hand carved.
These kinds of molds / patterns were made in Jerusalem in the 19th century under the Ottoman Empire regimen; they were especially made to make soaps for tourists and pilgrims.
Many different patterns were made to suit the wide varied of cultures that arrived to Jerusalem.
For a wider commentary please see “Arts & Crafts of 19th century Israel”, edited by Yona Fischer, published by the Israel museum in Jerusalem, 1979.
Very good, minor crack.
34gr / 1.09oz.
Diameter – 6cm /2.36in.
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