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Late Medieval; 14th century
Pilgrim badge of the Veronica in Rome. This circular badge depicts the head of Jesus Christ. Around the edge of the badge is a border of dots within circles. This is a vernicle, a souvenir of the Veronica in Rome (the Veronica was the veil of St Veronica). Veronica had been moved to pity by the sight of Christ carrying his cross and gave him her veil to wipe his forehead. When he gave it back to her, the image of his face had been miraculously impressed on it. The veil was kept at St Peter’s basilica where it was periodically displayed. By the 14th century it was displayed every Sunday and became Rome’s chief attraction.
DM 21 mm
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