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Carnival badge: Ape

  • Time period:Early 15th Century
  • Origin: England
  • Materials: Pewter
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3cm width x 4.3cm height;

Further details:

This strange badge, although amply illustrating the medieval love of the bawdy, also has a serious message. Apes were often illustrated in medieval art imitating human actions. In this case the ape has taken on the role of a doctor, whose remedies often contained urine. The medieval church despised doctors, who were seen as a threat to the miracle working powers of pilgrimage. As such, this badge may be best thought of as an interesting example of church propaganda.

The original was discovered in Salisbury.

Period: 1400 - 1500 AD
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