Exhibitions/ Art Object

Group of Six Pilgrim Tokens

6th-7th century
Made in Syria (?)
Diam (1973,0501.1): 11/16 in. (1.8 cm); diam (1973,0501.4): 11/16 in. (1.7 cm); diam (1973,0501.19): 11/16 in. (1.7 cm); diam (1973,0501.30): 11/16 in. (1.7 cm); diam (1973,0501.47): 5/8 in. (1.6 cm); diam (1973,0501.78): 11/16 in. (1.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The British Museum, London (1973.0501.1, .4, .19, .30, .47, .78)
Not on view
Jerusalem is a holy site for Jews, Christians, and Muslims. For Christians, it is revered as the site of Christ’s death and Resurrection. Since the fourth century, when Emperor Constantine I erected the Holy Sepulchre over Christ’s tomb, Christian pilgrims have thronged there, often acquiring memorials of their visit.
These tokens from a hoard of ninety-three depict events associated with holy sites in and around Jerusalem. Pilgrims may have collected them as keepsakes.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition (7th–9th Century)," March 12, 2012–July 8, 2012.