A rare medieval pilgrims' badge in tin-lead alloy with a representation of Mary and child, seated on her throne, under a Gothic ecclesiastical edifice with pinnacles and towers. On her left side we see 3 crowned men arriving on horseback, representing the Three Kings or Wise Men arriving from the East. On her right side we see the same Three Wise Men who bring gifts to the Mother and Child, the so-called Adoration of the Magi. A very unusual representation is that of the dragon, hiding underneath the church, which has wrapped its tail around a foundation of the building and threatens to pull it away. This is a representation of Evil.
Badges such as these were sewn on the clothes or hats of pilgrims and were worn during their imposed pilgrimage. After finishing the journey, they were usually discarded in the water.
According to the previous owner, this insignia was found during excavations at the Rokin in Amsterdam in the 70s.
Given that Cologne was an important pilgrimage site, where relics of the Three Kings are preserved, this badge was probably produced locally. It is of an exceptional quality and therefore extremely rare.
Cologne. 15th century.
Dimensions: diameter 6cm
In excellent condition with normal traces of use and age.
- tinn-bly legering
- 0×6×6 cm