The bread stamps are one of the historical expressions of pastoral art in the Southern Italy, in particular in the area of Matera where until the first half of the twentieth century people marked the bread before baking it in the communal ovens, so the owner could recognised it.
Made in hand carved wood, they represented symbols linked to the pastoral world, often with apotropaic meaning, while the mark indicated the owner’s initials or the effigy of the family.
Roberto investigates this tradition with Madre Pane, a collection of bread stamps with symbolic and ornamental value through an earthen landscape of sculptural objects.
The abstract representation of Egg, Mother Hen, Tree and Millstone, refers respectively to the meanings of birth, maternal protection, growth and strength.
Made by refractory ceramic, a tactile and raw material used in bakery ovens, the collection is finished in various colours.
The mark, designed to bring back the owner’s initial, completes the stamp respecting the original tradition.

Madre Pane, 2015
Refractory ceramic
egg, mother hen, tree, millstone: H20 x Ø4cm(stamp)

Photo credits: Federico Villa

Madre Pane limited edition for Bazar Noir @ Bazar Noir (Berlin)

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