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Pilgrim's Badge representing Saint Adrian

Date:
1460–80
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Lead alloy
Dimensions:
Overall: 3 5/16in. (8.4cm) Overall: 3 3/8 x 1 5/8 x 1/8 in. (8.6 x 4.1 x 0.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Lead
Credit Line:
The Cloisters Collection, 1996
Accession Number:
1996.260.1
Not on view
Saint Adrian of Nicomedia was a former Roman soldier martyred for his Christian beliefs by having his limbs smashed on an anvil. His relics were translated to Geraardsbergen in 1175 thus establishing this foundation as an important pilgrimage site. Patron saint of soldiers, jailors, blacksmiths, and messengers, by the fourteenth century, Adrian was also considered a protector against the plague. In both badges here he is represented in full armor holding a sword in one hand and an anvil in the other. The apparent chronological separation in the making of the respective molds reveals developments in figurative, armor, and costume styles.
Probably from the abbey of Saint Adrian at Geraardsbergen, East Flanders; [ Hill-Stone, Inc., New York (sold 1996)]
Wixom, William D., ed. Mirror of the Medieval World. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1999. no. 236 B, pp. 194–95.



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