GLO-756B25: GLO-756B25 Medieval pilgrim badge

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PILGRIM BADGE

Unique ID: GLO-756B25

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A copper alloy medieval pilgrim badge. The openwork design depicts St Roche or Rocco, a pilgrim who carries a staff and is accompanied by a dog jumping to his right and an angel representing a supplicant to his left. The saint is robed and bareheaded with a circular disc (halo) behind. He lifts his robe to reveal his right leg where he suffers from a wound. The reverse of the badge flat and there is the remains of a wire attachment loop in the centre.

St. Roche is the patron saint of dogs and accused people and was often evoked against the plague. According to tradition he was expelled from the town of Piacenza in Italy after falling ill and upon finding shelter in the wood a local nobleman's dog tended to his wounds and brought him bread.

A similar, but incomplete pilgrim badge, has been recorded from Dordrecht in the Netherlands (van Beuningen and Koldeweij 1993, 1990, no. 327), but they appear to be very rare in Britain. Only a four others are recorded on the PAS database includingYORYM-CEA5E7 and LVPL-6B1F98 from Yorkshire, SUR-3AEBC3 from Oxfordshire, SF-739782 from Suffolk and SOMDOR905 from Somerset.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1400
Date to: Exactly AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24 mm
Width: 17 mm
Thickness: 4 mm
Weight: 2.87 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 8th October 2017

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Kurt Adams
Identified by: Mr Kurt Adams

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Gloucestershire (County)
District: Cotswold (District)
Parish or ward: Cirencester (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP0102
Four figure Latitude: 51.71672739
Four figure longitude: -1.98692505
1:25K map: SP0102
1:10K map: SP00SW
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: GLO
Created: 9 months ago
Updated: 9 months ago

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