San Giacomo Pilgrim’s Parchment Set - 4 cm Diameter - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter

San Giacomo Pilgrim’s Parchment Set - 4 cm Diameter - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter

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This traditional parchment set, handcrafted in beautiful soft-hued pewter, is a nice ornament upon your desk; a definite talking point....

It makes a great napkin ring too!

Cosi Tabellini has reproduced part of an itinerant map from an engraving dated 1838 showing the route from Bavaria to Rome. This map is one of the oldest existing itinerant maps and contains instructions for pilgrims, tourists and travellers who wished to use the "carriage roads" built in Europe at that period. At that time, railways were still primitive and steam sailing boats still plied the seas. The instructions in three languages are particularly interesting. Customs posts and tollgates (D), ferries and toll bridges ("the so-called Pontatico toll"), stabling facilities and additional horses for crossing Alpine or Apennine passes were all indicated. The various States that existed in Italy prior to unification are clearly marked on the map.

Pilgrims in the Middle Ages usually travelled on foot, especially as religious tradition saw walking as the most virtuous way of travelling. During that period (but the custom had been popular ever since the fall of the Roman Empire), all good Christians were expected to make a journey to an important holy place at least once in their lifetimes. This could be Rome, Santiago de Compostela and, especially, the sepulchre of Christ in the Holy Land. Ever since early medieval times, the protector of pilgrims has been St James the Apostle who is said to be buried at Santiago de Compostela. Symbols often found in portraits of St James, apart from the pilgrim's staff, are the Flask, the Scallop Shell (Coquille St Jacques for the French) and the Itinerant Map, which at that time was a long rolled-up parchment, similar to the "Tabula Peutingeriana".

Size: Diameter 4 cm x 13 cm

Materials Used: Pewter

Ref: CT0115841

Designer: Alberto Tabellini

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100% Lead Free

All Cosi Tabellini Pewter is 100% lead-free, so it is totally food & drink safe, and is both EU and US FDA approved.


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