Pilgrim's souvenir cake decorated with a sun and cypress trees, Palestine, 1875-1930

1875-1930 in Palestine

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Group shot of from top to bottom A156296 - Pilgrim's souvenir cake from Jerusalem, impressed with Latin Cross and
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Pilgrim's souvenir cake from Jerusalem, impressed with Sun and Cypress trees, Palestinian, 1875-1900

Decorated with a sun and cypress trees, this souvenir in the shape of a slice of cake was brought back from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, then formally part of Palestine. Jerusalem is a holy city for Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Pilgrimages are journeys to holy places or shrines. The cake may have been bought because of perceived medicinal and health-giving qualities as well as providing a souvenir of the pilgrimage. It is shown here with three similar examples (A156293, A156295 and A156296).


Ethnography and Folk Medicine
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