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Antique Canivete Parchment 1700s Holy Card S. Catharrua

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Found in a German Bible from the 1700s, this handmade finely carved holy card (or canivete) has been preserved for well over 200 years.

This paper-cutting technique dates from the beginning of the 16th century in France and has since spread rapidly to Italy and Holland. The term comes from the French name "canif", a small penknife. The production of this type of holy card ceased around 1835 with the beginning of mechanical processes.


  • Handmade c. late 1700s
  • Handcut and painted using gouache 
  • Approx. 4.85" x 3"
  • Wrinkles, wear to paint and parchment