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Pilgriming vagina


Pilgriming vagina

Century: XIV, XV
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How old?: 1375-1450
Finding place: the Netherlands (Remerswaal, Rotterdam, Amsterdam)
Details.: h.: 34mm w.: 28mm
Meaning: Unfortuantelly, we couldn't find the exact meaning for this one. I can only guess. It could be joke about pilgrims or sign that you're on kind of "sex trip" (vagina holds rosery, pilgrims staff, it wears a hat). It's quite possible that it has something to do with the motive of the end of the world and break of meanings (vagina, something unholy with pilgrimage to holy places). Popular pattern.



Pewter badges were first introduced as pilgrim souvenirs from different places of Christian cult around Europe and the Holy Land. The earliest findings of this type comes from about second half of XII th. century, fall of their popularity is beginning of XVI th. century. They're closely connected with development of pilgrimages among Christians. Pilgrim badges were a solid prove of finishing a long journey to places were once saints lived. About XIV th. century secular badges also appeared.

ATTENTION: dates showed in this catalogue tells only how old was the material used for the original. It doesn't mean that the badge was used only then.
The pewter badges as well as their descriptions are provided to us by Bartosz Sołtysiak who bases them on historical sources.





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