DOR-550053: Late Medieval Pilgrims Souvenir Badge.

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PILGRIM BADGE

Unique ID: DOR-550053

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An incomplete lead medieval pilgrim's badge of St Anne, dating to c.1400-1500. Probably from her shrine at Buxton, Derbyshire, but relics of St Anne were also claimed by Canterbury, Reading and Durham, and so it may alternatively have been produced at one of these places. The badge depicts St Anne teaching her daughter, the Virgin Mary, to read. St Anne and the Virgin Mary are both depicted wearing long dresses or robes. St Anne is wearing a veil or headdress. The Virgin Mary is depicted as being slightly smaller than St Anne. On the reverse is a bent, long and tapering integral attachment pin, it is sited on the reverse of the St. Anne's head. The badge has suffered some lower edge loss.
Reference:
Spencer, B, 1998, p.176-177, no.196c.
Lewis, M, 2015, p. 38.
Similar examples on the database include:
PUBLIC-341C2D, SOMDOR148, WILT-85E7A5, CORN-5116C3 & NLM-D36812,
Date: Medieval.
Dimensions: 33.0 x 19.9 x 3.1mm.
Weight: 4.67g.

Spencer (1998) and Lewis (2015) note that some examples of this type which retain the head of the Virgin Mary, show her crowned, serving the dual purpose of highlighting her role as Queen of Heaven and avoiding showing her as subordinate to her mother.

St Anne's cult appears to have been particularly strong in the 15th century. In England, relics of St. Anne were claimed at Canterbury, Durham and Reading, although her most famous shrine was at Buxton, Derbyshire

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: Circa AD 1500

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 33 mm
Width: 19.9 mm
Thickness: 3.1 mm
Weight: 4.67 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mrs Lucy Bevan
Identified by: Ms Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen

Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCMS 019462

Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Dorset (County)
District: West Dorset (District)
Parish or ward: Owermoigne (District Ward)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SY7684
Four figure Latitude: 50.65517882
Four figure longitude: -2.34087075
1:25K map: SY7684
1:10K map: SY74NE
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

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

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