Pig Playing Bagpipes Badge
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Lead alloy badges originated as souvenirs sold at the sites of Christian pilgrimages. The earliest findings of this type comes from about second half of 12th century, fall of their popularity is beginning of 16th century with the height of their popularity being in the 14th and 15th centuries. Pilgrim badges could be worn as "proof" of a pilgrimage to a particular site, and from the 14th century other religious and secular badges also became popular.
This replica is made of pewter and measures 35mm buy 55mm. It does not have a pin on the back, it is attached to clothing by sewing it on.
The badge depicts a pig playing bagpipes with the phrase “LAET KNORREN” written on it. This writing is a mix of Flemish and Latin and can be translated as “happy pig” or “pig having fun.” This badge could have represented a person who wants to have fun, sing, dance or a person who is a loud drinker. This replica is based on a finding from Utrecht dated 1375-1425