KENT-C4B36C: Lead pilgrims badge

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Unique ID: KENT-C4B36C

Object type certainty: Certain
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An incomplete cast lead medieval inscribed pilgrim's badge.

Description: The pilgrim badge is flat and appears to have been lozenge shaped originally although a number of hexagonal types are known and cannot necessarily be discounted. The object has two primary fields. The outer border with an inscription divided from a decorative inner field by a raised border. The decorative field appears to show a bishop, mitred with a transverse crozier or sceptre held centrally on the figure. Much of the detail is obscured by wear which makes the details of the figure and the inscription are difficult to discern. The inscription appears to read '[__](M(E/O)TV/SIOH(A?)[ ___ _]PLATARE[___]'. The meaning of this inscriptions is uncertain as substantial elements of it are missing or as previously stated obscured by wear. The breaks at the top and bottom of the badges are fairly jagged and not heavily worn, there is also a crack across the central decoration of the badge. The back is undecorated and no sign of a clip or fixing remains.

Measurements: 20.95mm wide, 20.91mm long, 1.88mm thick and 2.65g in weight.

Discussion: Lozenge pilgrims badges are not particularly common and there seems to be popular shapes for the Henry VI at Windsor type, a number of which are shown on the PAS database (e.g. SF-37F174, WILT-6305E7, NLM-FACEC6 and SWYOR-B4C081). The clear bishop on this one would tempt towards a saint like St. Thomas Becket and lozenge shaped examples of Becket are shown by Spencer (1990, 17 no. 9), dated to the middle of the 14th century. Other saints and bishops are known also shown in a similar manner such as St Armel and St Leger. Inscriptions are not common, and It is likely that if a translation can be suggested a narrower ID maybe possible.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Include in MedArch

Inscription: [__](M(E/O)TV/SIOH(A?)[ ___ _]PLATARE[___]

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1536

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.91 mm
Width: 20.95 mm
Thickness: 1.88 mm
Weight: 2.65 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 6th January 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Jo Ahmet
Identified by: Mr Jo Ahmet

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: St. Edmundsbury (District)
Parish or ward: Hundon (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TL7348
Four figure Latitude: 52.10327898
Four figure longitude: 0.52453704
1:25K map: TL7348
1:10K map: TL74NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 7 months ago
Updated: 7 months ago

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