- Museum number
Lead alloy pilgrim souvenir in the shape of a Canterbury bell, associated with the shrine to St Thomas Becket at Canterbury. It is missing its clapper. It has a trefoil suspension loop and a band of inscription between two lines around the rim.
- Production date
Height: 40.36 millimetres
Width: 36.50 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Bells were often worn by pilgrims to shrines. Canterbury bells were not mentioned (as is often supposed) by Chaucer, but by the Lollard preacher William Thorpe who complained about the rowdy clatter of pilgrims visiting Canterbury.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2019 14 Jan-28 Feb, Lichfield Cathedral, Pilgrimage and Prayer
2011 23 June-9 Oct, London, BM, 'Treasures of Heaven'
2010-2011 17 Oct-6 Jan, Ohio, Cleveland Museum of Art, 'Treasures of Heaven'
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Martrydom of St Thomas à Becket 1170
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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