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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Food & Drink
European ➔ Marzipan Mold

This wooden marzipan mold has 24 concave sections of various shapes. 

It is possible that marzipan was created in the 15th century in Lubeck, Germany during a famine, when flour was scarce and bakers had to create an alternative. After experimenting with dozens of eggs, cups of sugar, and pounds of almonds, marzipan was made.

In Germany, marzipan pigs are a sign of good luck when received on Christmas or New Year’s Day and in Italy and Greece, the dessert sweetens wedding feasts. Variations are formed from Latin America to the Middle East where peanuts, pine nuts, or pistachios replace the carefully measured ground almonds.


1868 – 1872
Hand Carved, Wood
23.5" h 3.4" w 1" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Gift Of Mr. Herbert S. Voltman

Discovery Kit: Foodways (October 25 2019)
Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.    

Virtual Discovery Kit: Foodways (May 2020)
Food is a universal language. Discover how cultures around the world work in the kitchen.
Mr. Herbert S. Voltman