- Museum number
Button; bronze; circular; engraved with the figures of Herodias (right) and Herod (left) above the head of John the Baptist on a platter. Herodias holds a knife to the brow of the Baptist's head. A legend surrounds the scene.
- Production date
- late 15thC-early 16thC (?)
Diameter: 38 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A closely comparable badge for St Julien of Vouvantes dating from the second half of the fifteenth century survives in the Musee National du Moyen Age - Thermes de Cluny (see Denis Bruna, Ensignes de Pelerinage et Enseignes Profanes, Paris 1996, p.165 no243). The medallic form of badge appears to develop during the fifteenth century.
The Lombardic style of lettering on this example is not inconsistent with a late 15th or early 16th century date as evidenced by inscriptions on some early 16thC English serjeants' rings. An early to mid-16th century date is supported by the style of dress worn by the two figures of Herod and Herodias.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number