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Folk Art Wooden Model with Swaddled Babies

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unknown1780Germany72 x 28 x 4 cm

This wooden model dates back to the 18th century. It was used for baking pastries in the shape of swaddled babies. It was customary to eat them on the New Year’s Eve or New Year in order to be granted fertility in the upcoming year. They were also an indispensable element of weddings. Often they served as decorations for the wedding cake. It was a way to wish a bride an abundance of children.