Fox and Goose
[S23 Fox and goose]

Secular pewter badge: Fox and foolish goose

  • Time period:14th Century
  • Origin: Netherlands
  • Materials: Pewter
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6cm width x 4.6cm height
  • Further details:

    A fox dressed as a pilgrim leading a goose. This unusual badge, depicting a fox dressed as a pilgrim with pilgrim's staff and scrip and apparently taking a goose for a walk seems to draw on popular medieval proverbs and follies for its inspiration.

    The fox was regarded as the archetype of cunning and deceitfulness, while the goose was a proverbially foolish bird. Here the fox seems to have tricked the goose by disguising itself as a pilgrim and is presumably leading the goose to its ultimate fate! Period: 1300 - 1400 AD

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