Devotional Badge with Saint James Flanked by Two Kneeling Pilgrims

Devotional Badge with Saint James Flanked by Two Kneeling Pilgrims

c. 1200-1250

Molded green glass

Overall: 2.9 x 2.6 cm (1 1/8 x 1 in.)

Lawrence Hitchcock Fund 1985.146

Description

In addition to vessels, the glass kilns of Venice produced some devotional badges such as this one. These small objects may have been collected by pilgrims as mementos. This example probably recalls a journey to Santiago da Compostella in distant Spain, one of the greatest medieval pilgrimage destinations. Thought to imitate more valuable carved gems, these glass-plate medallions were made in large quantity by pressing a mold over opaque or transparent molten glass.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Gothic
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Glass

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