Pilgrim's badge depicting St James

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Postcard of Pilgrim's badge depicting St James.
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Pilgrim's badge depicting St James

A pilgrim's badge signified that the wearer had visited a place of pilgrimage. This jet example, mounted in silver and representing St James, dates from the 15th century.

The silver mount takes the form of a scallop shell with the initials 'I.H.S.' engraved on the back.

The scallop was the sign associated with the cult of St James at Compostella in Spain.

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Online ID: 000-100-000-390-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.KH 5
Date: 15th century
Material: Silver, jet. Inscription: On back: I.H.S.
What: Badge, pilgrim's
Subject: Stone sculptures, carvings, foreign (NMAS Classification)
Who: St James
Where: Spain, Compostella
Description: Pilgrim's badge in the form of a silver scallop shell, with a small figure of St James in jet, engraved "I.H.S." on the back, 15th century
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