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Pilgrim Badges

Pilgrim badges were sold in the medieval period as souvenirs of pilgrimage. All of the badges below are accurate copies of surviving pewter artefacts. For information on the history of pilgrim badges please refer to the ‘History’ section of the website. Devotional badges are also included in this section.

P34-Devotional Badge. Three fishes
P34-Devotional Badge. Three fishes

P34-Devotional Badge. Three fishes

The design of three fishes occurs on a number of occasions in medieval art and is probably intended to be symbolic of the Trinity. In early Christian art the fish is used as a symbol of Christ, as the letters of the Greek word for ‘fish’ make the initial letters of ‘Jesus Christ, Son of God, the Saviour’. The cult of the Trinity achieved widespread favour in the middle ages, Edward the Black Prince being a lifelong devotee of it, and such badges would have been worn as symbols of an individuals devotion to this cult.

The original of this badge was found at the abandoned 15th century village of Walraversijde, near Ostend, Belgium.

Produced in association with the Provincie West-Vlaanderen / Institut voor het Archeologisch Patrimonium.

14th century.

34 x31mm Three fishes.
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