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Pilgrim's Medallion with St. Symeon the Younger

Pilgrim's Medallion with St. Symeon the Younger

c. 1100

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Lead

Diameter: 5.7 x 0.4 cm (2 1/4 x 3/16 in.)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 1972.52.b

Description

Saint Symeon the Younger (ad 521-592) was a hermit who isolated himself high upon a column for 37 years. Afterwards, Symeon's column was venerated as a relic at the center of the church of Qualat-Siman in Syria. His shrine attracted many pilgrims carried home lead-cast tokens as a blessing. This lead medallion represents a later revival of these original pilgrim's tokens. It was probably worn around the neck as a pendant.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Byzantine
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Lead

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