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The Medieval Period (1100AD - 1499AD)

The Medieval Church

Lead pilgrim badge or token

Period:
Late Medieval
Description:

Pilgrim badges were pinned or stitched to a pilgrim's clothing and were souvenirs of a visit to a popular shrine.  St Ninian's shrine at Whithorn was one of the most popular pilgrim destinations in Medieval Scotland.

 

Retangular leadplate with a full length portrait of a bishop and Lombardic script down both long edges.  The bishop holds a crozier in his left hand and the right hand is raised in blessing.  At his foot is a pascal lamb.  A pair of possible shackles by his left foot may associate the figure with St Ninian or St Leonard.

Materials/Media:
lead
Dimensions:
length 36mm, width 30mm
Source:
The Whithorn Trust
Accession number:
WIWMS Whit LD09.1
Digital Number:
WTAC009n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council