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Medieval meme revealed by British Museum

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A medieval meme has been recorded by British Museum after treasure hunters found the gilded image of a "snail man" used satirically in the Middle Ages.

Visual jokes widely distributed online, memes have become a mainstay of irreverent internet culture, but amusing images with subversive messages were also shared in the Middle Ages.

A belt mount ornament depicting a praying knight in a helmet emerging from a snail shell, which is balanced on a goat, is believed to be forerunner of the modern meme.

The 2cm-long 13th-century object unearthed in Pontefract in 2020 is a decorative nod to a medieval joke, according to British Museum experts, although it’s meaning is not certain.

Full Telegraph report at MSN: Link

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