San Giacomo Pilgrim’s Shell - 10 cm - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter

San Giacomo Pilgrim’s Shell - 10 cm - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter

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A stunning pewter piece for decoration, as a religious icon, or as a necklace!

Pilgrims walking to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia used a shell as their symbol. It could be found on the beaches of the nearby ocean and was used, both symbolically and practically, to collect water from brooks or springs during the long and often wearisome journey. Over time, the shell became the general emblem of pilgrims. It is a universally sacred symbol, both as an instrument of ritual and as an ornamental pattern. The shell symbolises the uterus, especially the universal uterus, which contains the original Waters and the seeds of all living things. It evokes this obscure abyss of creative energy in a surprising way. The shell is still used as a living baptismal symbol: the object used to collect the holy water and pour it on the forehead of a new follower of Christ is often a metal shell.

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: 10 cm x 11 cm

Materials Used: Pewter

Ref: CT0115901

Designer: Alberto Tabellini

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