A very rare religious pewter pilgrim badge depicting the martyrdom of Saint Cunera of Rhenen.
When Saint Ursula of Cologne and her ten thousand virgins arrive in Cologne, Germany during the fourth century were attacked by the Huns, Cunera—a princess from York—was saved by the Frisian King Radbod, who took her to his castle at Prattenburg in Rhenen. Here she was deeply loved for her kindness and care for the poor around the castle. This aroused the jealousy of Aldegonde, Radboud's wife. When he was out hunting, Cunera was strangled by Aldegonde with the beautiful scarf that Cunera had received from her parents. She was buried in a cowshed. By a miracle the crime was discovered. Radboud converted to Christianity.
Saint Cunera is depicted standing upright with her hands folded in prayer, while she is being strangled with her scarf. The fabric is wrapped around her neck, while Queen Aldegonda is holding one end, and a servant the other. The women are standing in a Gothic archway, “SVN CVNERA” is inscribed at the bottom. The badge is of a much nicer quality than those that one usually finds.
Dating to the 15th century, from a dutch collection and reportedly found in the old city of Utrecht.
Dimensions: 6,3cm x 3,4cm.
The badge is overall in good condition with a nice dark patina.
Reference: H.J.E. van Beuningen, 'Heilig en Profaan, 1000 laat-Middeleeuwse insignes', p. 154, afb. 164.