Badge with Virgin and Child and Saint Sebastian

Morse or pendant

Lower Rhineland or Netherlandish
Medieval (Gothic)
late 15th century (?)

Object Place: Europe, Germany, Lower Rhine


DIAM: 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilded silver (plate: 95.8% silver, 2.4% copper, 1.4% gold, .4% lead; figures: 93.2%-94.2% silver, 4-5% copper, 1.2-1.3% gold, .4-.5% lead)

On View

I. W. Colburn Chapel Gallery (Gallery 254A)





Circular plate with two soldered loops at the top, decorated on the front with vegetal ornament and figures of the Virgin and Child and Saint Sebastian beneath three Gothic canopies. The plate comprises a central circle, a concentric plaque, and a rim, all of sheet metal, hammered and soldered together. Three concentric grooved wires are soldered to the plate (two in the seams). Two wider semicircular tooled rods with leaves soldered around it form a garland joined to the plate with silver cotter pins. Attached to both ends where the two rods meet at the bottom are chased strips of silver curled to resemble ribbons. Cut from sheet metal, the chased leaves have veins soldered on. A border comprising four twisted strips of silver with scalloped edges is soldered to the rim. The Gothic canopies, pillars and base are cast in one piece and riveted to the plate. Except for the pear in the Virgin’s right hand, which is cast separately and soldered, the standing Virgin and Child with gilded crown and hair are cast in one piece, as is Saint Sebastian and the stake to which he is tied with wire. (The gilded arrows are soldered on.) All figures are attached to the plate with rivets.


By 1963, with Leopold Blumka, Blumka Gallery, New York; 1963, sold by Blumka to the MFA for $1,200. (Accession Date: February 13, 1963)

Credit Line

H. E. Bolles Fund