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Badge of the Order of Santiago de Compostela
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Badge of the Order of Santiago de Compostela


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Credit
Description The religious Order of St. James (Sant Iago) was a military order established in 1171 at the pilgrimage cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain to protect it from attacks by Muslims. Pilgrims to the church frequently ate scallops and attached the empty shells to their hats. Members of the order adopted the scallop shell as their badge.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
1/26/1988Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition
5/09/1991Examinationexamined for condition
4/26/2005Treatmentcleaned; coated; other
Exhibitions
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Carl Schon, Inc., Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1945, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1945

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Period
1670-79 (Baroque)
Medium
gold, enamel, emeralds, diamonds
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.592
Measurements
H: 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm)
Geographies
  • Spain (Place of Origin)

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