The Physician

Carnival badge: The Physician

  • Time period:15th Century
  • Origin: England
  • Materials: Pewter
  • Product Dimensions:3.3cm width x 4.5cm height

Further details:

A parody of the early medical profession. The hospitals were run by the monks so the early physician is shown as a monkey, wearing a monks cowl. He urinates into a pestle and mortar, part of his method of diagnosis. The fish may represent the church.

Potted history;

Badge making did not only serve a religious market. It occupied a position in all aspects of life as for example, political and military to show allegiance, celebrate amorous intent, and indicate sporting interests, often with a satirical flavour.

Period: 1400 - 1500 AD

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