2. Pilgrim Badge of Saint Mary of Hal. Belgium or Netherlands, c. 500-1500. Gilded Silver, 1.51 cm.
This gilded Pilgrim’s Badge is the one featured in the portrait above. From the British Museum Curator’s Comments:
St Mary of Hal was an important pilgrim site for the Hapsburgs, especially Charles V, who visited several times, and the Valois kings. Two silver versions of this token survive, another in Munich and one on the binding of HRE Ferdinand’s Book of Hours.
One is shown worn as a hatbadge in Mostaert’s Portrait of a Black African in the Rijksmuseum. See Jos Koldewej, FOi et bonne fortune, parure et devotion en flandre medievale, Arnhem 2006, p. 46 fig. 3.3 and 3.4, for Munich badge and portrait and p., 55 for analysis of its importance in the picture.