‘The Maastricht Hours’ is an early 14th century book of hours from the Netherlands. This pin is an example of a drollerie or a grotesque, a type of marginalia which often included mixed creatures, either between different animals, or between animals and human beings. Both snails and cats were popular and are prevalent throughout in medieval manuscripts. The snail-cat, or snat, is a common combination.
A hard enamel pin with a design based on the marginalia of Stowe 17 f. 185. It measures 35mm 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.
5% of all Marginalia Paraphernalia sales go to support Arts Emergency (registered charity no. 1152377).