The Pilgrims Flask

c. 1400

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Pilgrim’s ampulla (lead flask), found in a nearby field where it may have been left after the sprinkling of holy water to protect crops or livestock. The flask was made c.1300-1500. It bears the letter W, associated with the cult of Our Lady of Walsingham, perhaps reinforced by the symbolism of a double V: virgo virginum – virgin of virgins – invoked in the last of the medieval Advent antiphons.

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Printed on: 11 Aug 2020

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