Secular pewter badge: Fox and foolish goose
Time period:14th Century
Product Dimensions: 4.6cm width x 4.6cm height
A fox dressed as a pilgrim leading a goose. This unusual badge, depicting a fox dressed as a pilgrim with pilgrim’s staff and scrip and apparently taking a goose for a walk seems to draw on popular medieval proverbs and follies for its inspiration.
The fox was regarded as the archetype of cunning and deceitfulness, while the goose was a proverbially foolish bird. Here the fox seems to have tricked the goose by disguising itself as a pilgrim and is presumably leading the goose to its ultimate fate!