| Head of Thomas Becket. This spectacular pilgrim sign, with its extremely
deep relief in the face, is a copy of a common type
of badge from the shrine of England's favorite saint,
martyred in 1170. His shrine was the greatest of England's pilgrimage sites
until the end of the 15th century.
The similarity among the large number of these signs, dating from the late 13th
century well into the 15th, probably reflects not so much what Thomas himself looked
like as the appearance of an important statue or reliquary within the shrine.
P-20 Head of Thomas Becket $10.00
3 x 1-5/8" or 75 x 43mm
* Salisbury, no. 21
# Salisbury, no. 20-27; Pilgrim Signs, no. 112-118;
Mitchiner, No. 139-143, 436-455, etc.