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Purse Badge

Item #1493

Date:  1375 - 1425

     Found in Holland. Pouches such as this one may have had a sexual conotation. The purse represents the female genetalia. Often these are represented with a dagger stuck through them. The dagger is usually represented as a very phallic "ballock" dagger. Purse bages may also have been work for the same purpose as coin badges--to bring luck in aquiring money. This example is extremely similar to #814 in Van Beuningen's Heilig en Profaan.

           Found In Categories:
            Secular Badges
            14th Century
            15th Century