From Peraldus’s Theological Miscellany, an English manuscript from the late 13th century. This pin is one half of a miniature that depicts a man showing an open book to an asp, with wings. Said to guard a balsam tree or a carbuncle (a red gem/stone) the asp has one ear against the ground and the other is being blocked with its tail, so as to not hear what the man is reading, lest he enchants it and steals its treasures.
A hard enamel pin with a design based on the marginalia of MS Harley 3244 f. 61v. It measures 30mm at its widest point and has a black nickel finish. Each pin comes on a backing card and with two black rubber clutches for added security and to avoid spinning. Made in the UK.
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