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A badge is a generally rather small sign made of metal or plastic of any shape. The badge is related to the medal .

The badge has a relief-like depiction on one side , and some are also labeled. Badges are usually applied to another object, e.g. B. on a component or on a stone, but also on clothing. Association badges are held as a chest tag in the form of a plaque.

Badges are mostly used for documentation or identification . They can also symbolize a group or a professional function (e.g. detective service badge ). The Pioneer badges for two space probes from the 1970s are also a badge . The particulate matter sticker and the associated driving bans are currently a major issue in Germany .

Plaques in art

1899 double-sided plaque in early Art Nouveau , for the 100th anniversary of the TH Berlin by August Vogel , front.
The back of this work.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, small, often square bronze tablets with religious, mythological and allegorical representations were made in relief . These plaques had their heyday in the Italian and German Renaissance ; an important master was Peter Flötner . They were mainly set into altars, tabernacles, candelabra, candlesticks, lamps, small boxes, inkwells and sword handles or used as hat clips and as jewelry for berets . The plaques were later modeled by French and other medalists and shaped into independent works of art to replace medals.


See also

Individual evidence

  1. badge. In: The clever alphabet. Konversationslexikon in ten volumes. Volume 8, p. 36
  2. ^ Franz Friedrich Leitschuh : The plaque work of Peter Flötner in the directory of the Nuremberg patrician Paulus Behaim. 1904.
  3. plaques. In: Meyers Großes Konversationslexikon. 6th edition. Volume 16, p. 1.

Web links

Wiktionary: Plakette  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations