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Annunciation


Annunciation

Century: XII, XIII
Annunciation. Medieval Market, badges annunciation



CODE Material Standard Price
oR0549see descriptionHand-made 13.00 EUR

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How old?: 1175-1225
Finding place: Dordrecht, Middelburg (the Netherlands)
Place of provenance: Nazareth (Holy Land)
Details: h.:61mm w.50mm
Meaning: Pilgrim's badge from the Holy Land. One of the earliest pilgrim signs I've managed to find in my sources. It represents the Annunciation of Our Lady. On the left side there is angel Gabriel holding a cross. On the right side stands Virgin Mary with one hand up in gesture of greetings and with second hand on her belly. The presentation is enclosed by short version of prayer Ave Maria in latin: +AVE GRA. PLENA DII S. TECV BEIE DICTATVM MVLIERBVS BIE DICT FRVCT VENTRIS TVI.
Whole prayer is: Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.



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 Sotysiak who bases them on historical sources.





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