Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

Friday, 17 August 2007

Bellarmine Flagon shards found at Margate.

I recently gave Sarah at the Grotto a neck and a square piece of a Bellarmine flagon found at Margate for exhibition. The neck was found in the cut where Margate Jetty once stood and the other piece showing the effigy of Bellarmine was found in Margate Harbour when surveyors tested the depth of the bedrock in the Harbour in the 1980's.
Bellarmine Flagons have been known to be used localy (east kent) in rituals involving pagan beliefs to ward off evil spirits. The small piece bearing the Bellarmine effigy has been shaped deliberately suggesting it may have been a keep sake. Both pieces are open to interpretation and can be veiwed at the Grotto.

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