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Purse Badge

Item #1496

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 #1896 in Van Beuningen's Heilig en Profaan, Volume 2. Like this example our bage once had tassels at the bottom. One of these is bent onto the rear of the badge.

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