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Badge, Hart of Richard II

Artist: Unknown English Primary
Date: 1301-1500
14th century - 15th century
Dimensions: 1.13 x 0.81 x 0.13 in. (2.86 x 2.06 x 0.32 cm)
Object Type: Medallion
Creation Place: Europe, England
Medium and Support: Tin
Credit Line: Lent by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of William and Toni Conte, 2002 (2002.306.15)
Accession Number: L2013.13.10
On View: Bellarmine Hall Galleries

Originally worn by medieval knights in tournaments, badges were worn on clothing by a ruler’s supporters and dependents. In the fourteenth century, they were widely distributed by kings and lords. The Hart badge was designed for the followers of King Richard II of England (1367–1399). His livery emblem was a white hart, or stag.

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