Post-Byzantine eucharistic stamps
The type of stamp used today for eucharistic bread established itself during the Post-Byzantine period and sheds light on significant changes in the celebration of the sacred liturgy. They are predominantly round, which references both the
swollen belly of the Mother of God and God's creation of the universe. However, plain rectangular and cruciform stamps do remain in use in significant numbers, along with a limited number of double stamps from Russia. They are usually made of wood and more rarely of stone or metal.