Seal engraver
© ASTRA National Museum Complex Sibiu
Material/ Technique: beech wood, cut, carved, treated with stain
Size: 3,5 x 12,5 x 3,5 cm

Ethnical group: Romanian
Region: Lupeni village, Hunedoara county
Period of time: The 4th quarter of the 19th century, dated: 1895
Utility: Religious object used to engrave the ritual bread

Description: An interesting shape combining a seal engraver with a hand-cross. In the upper part of the object is carved a Malta type of cross, having on the top a kind of hanger. In the lower part the seal engraver has a hourglass shape. Dated on one side:1895, having carved on the other side the initials: AB. The base of the seal engraver is snicked „fringed”. The seal is in shape of a square, divided into 4 equal parts, havin an inscription: IC, XC, NI, KA, that means „Jesus Christ Conquers”.

Economic sector: Worked in a rural workshop; On the nowadays market this type of object has prices between 30-40 lei. In our country, at this moment are about 300 woodcarvers, the number of persons who makes seal engravers being about 25-30. This type of object continues to be used in the religious service, to engrave the ritual bread.

Source: Wood. Bone. Metal Collection (Inventory No. 1130 L), ASTRA Museum of Transylvanian Civilization. ASTRA National Museum Complex Sibiu