Bloomsbury Cultural History - Gold touch piece
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Collection: Wellcome Collection

Subjects

Period:

Early Modern

Place:

England

Content Type:

Museum Object

Gold touch piece

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Touch pieces like this one were presented at "healing by touch" ceremonies that were held by monarchs in England and France up until the 18th century. People believed that the monarch's touch had the power to heal. Touch pieces were pierced so that they could be strung and worn around the neck.

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