NLM-689BF3: Medieval Pilgrim Badge

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Unique ID: NLM-689BF3

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Lead Alloy Pilgrim Badge. Hollow cast ampulla, with the stubs of small handles at the top of its bag-shaped body and below its neck. One side bears a relief motif comprising a fleur de lis with groups of three pellets at its base, possibly part of a crown motif; the other side bears a possibly five-petalled flower with hatched centre. The object is torn at the neck, perhaps to empty the contents - possibly to improve the fertility of land by quasi-magical means if the rural provenance of torn ampullae is considered - and patinated overall.

The lily was a Marian emblem, representing the purity of the Virgin Mary, while its three leaves and the three pellets accompanying it may also allude to the Holy Trinity. The crowned M was a motif denoting Mary's status as Queen of Heaven. The flower on the other side may represent a 'Maryflower' (or Mayflower post-Reformation). The most prominent Marian shrine in England was at Walsingham, Norfolk, where the cult flourished through the later Middle Ages. Suggested date: Late Medieval, 1350-1500.

Height (as found): 33.1mm, Width: 29.6mm, Thickness (wall): 1.1mm, Weight (with trapped soil): 28.96gms.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1350
Date to: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 33.1 mm
Width: 29.6 mm
Thickness: 1.1 mm
Weight: 28.96 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 19th September 2013

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Martin Foreman
Identified by: Mr Martin Foreman

Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM23530

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead Alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Decoration style: Figurative
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: West Lindsey (District)
Parish or ward: Northorpe (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SK8997
Four figure Latitude: 53.46223621
Four figure longitude: -0.66093748
1:25K map: SK8997
1:10K map: SK89NE
Grid reference source: Centred on field
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 5 years ago
Updated: 4 years ago

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