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Bulgarians consider bread as something holy.
The Bulgarian woman depicts all her life
on the loaf – her house, the threshing floor, the field, the vineyard ...

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Prosphora stamp
(A stamp for engraving ornaments on bread during domestic rituals)

Bulgarians consider bread as something holy.

The Bulgarian woman depicts all her life on the loaf – her house, the threshing floor, the field, the vineyard ...

Every pattern has its symbolic meaning.

The preparation of ritual breads and the figures over them carries the meaning of a spell – they could be considered as a wish for health, fertility, happiness and love. The bread becomes a real piece of sculpted art, invocation for wellness and protection from evil through symbolic figures.

In the past, prints of prosphora stamps with spiritual symbols on them were often put on the breads dedicated to different holidays from the calendar and life cycle . In a big part of the country the prosphora had been widely spread and every house had its own prosphora.

The shape of the home stamps was not strictly determined and the craftsmen enriched the symbolism of the stamps with their imagination and belief.

On the glass prosphora handle is depicted an elbetitza (double cross, called Bulgarian cross, too). The ornament could be seen across the centuries in the Bulgarian embroidery, over buildings, tables, spats, wine vessels, coffers, child swings, carts, ceramic objects as well as on ritual bread decoration. The double cross is being depicted for health, fertility, prosperity; it symbolizes the harmony in the world and in the human behavior, it protects and cures.