This is a wonderful Renaissance silver medalet/badge, dating to the late 16th and early 17th century. It depicts Saint James wearing a pilgrims cloak, standing beneath a canopied border. Such medals would have been purchased at sacred shrines (likely Compostella in Spain) as a proof of a pilgrimage, or as protection from travelers. It has survived in very good antique condition.
OBJECT: Medalet / Badge
DATE: c. 16th - 17th century
SIZE: 33mm x 21mm
WEIGHT: 2.52 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. G. Scholfield Collection, Bath.
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