Medallion is a augmentative from medal . It is, therefore, a rounded metal object which displays an inscription, a figure or a symbol.
Although the medallions are usually round in shape, there are also some oval ones. These pieces They can be hung around the neck as an ornament.
Ancient peoples used medallions with meanings Religious or symbolic At present, however, the use of medallions is more linked to aesthetics, although they may have affective relevance.
The most important medallions in terms of affective are those that work as a box and house inside from family photographs to curls or other elements linked to some memory .
In the Province of Malaga, Spain, we can find the Trayamar Medallion as part of the funerary trousseau of the Phoenician necropolis known as Trayamar , which dates from the seventh century BC. C. and is located to the right of the Algarrobo River, in the homonymous municipality.
The Trayamar Medallion is a disk of solid gold decorated in relief by a granulation technique that used small balls or beads, in combination with the filigree technique, which uses thin wires. For the engraving of the figurative scenes, on the other hand, a punch was used.
The edge of the medallion is raised; its suspension was achieved with gold thread that forms a tube-shaped ring and two circles of small spheres Its back is smooth. With respect to the motive, an elevated body can be seen, with the Uraeus snake on its summit. On the animal's heads perch Horus's hawks, which have their sights set on the center and are next to a sun disk and a crescent supported by another bird.
Amulets of this type were put on graves to provide protection for the dead in the afterlife. It is also likely that their owners used them in life, as pendants. Everything indicates that the root of the representation that can be seen on its surface is oriental, since it is a passage mythological quite common in its time.
It should be noted that the idea medallion is also used to refer to a slice of certain foods . It's possible to find meat medallions , Chicken medallions , fish medallions , etc.
Many times medallion appears as a synonym for hamburger . However, in some regions there are legal indications that establish what producers should call this kind of food. A medallion, within the framework of Argentine legislation, may contain soy and other aggregates in addition to minced meat, while a hamburger must have less than 20% fat.
The Chicken medallions and the fish medallions , meanwhile, they are usually made with processed and battered meat. These products They are vacuum packed and sold frozen. To cook them, they should not be defrosted, but must be fried or put in the oven directly.
There are also the vegetarian medallions , made with vegetables and vegetables. In these cases, egg is usually used as a binder. Medallions vegans or strictly vegetarian On the other hand, they completely dispense with any product of animal origin, so that for the breadcrumbs to adhere to the body, a natural binder can be used, such as chickpea flour, beer, temperate flour or ground flaxseed, Among other options.
In any case, the medallion is a food product easy to prepare at home and fast cooking, ideal to get out of trouble when we do not have much time to cook. If we buy it already prepared, its price is usually accessible and that increases its practicality. On the other hand, since it is not a food Especially nutritious, it is advisable to combine it with a fresh vegetable salad.