The scallop shell was the sign of the pilgrimage to Compostela. They were plentiful on the coast of Galicia where pilgrims would go the short distance to reach the western sea shore as the final act of their journey to collect their emblem.
At the Burgundian shrine of Saint Lazarus at Autun, there is the great porch sculpture of the Final Judgment. Christ reigns in Majesty, to the left is the college of the Apostles and to the right the Weighing of Souls.
On the lintel below is the procession of the Damned and the Elect. At the head of the line of the Elect is a diminutive figure bearing a scallop shell on his bag, the first to be admitted to the Heavenly Paradise: the Compostelan pilgrim.
At this cathedral dedicated to Lazarus, celebrated as the first to be resurrected by Christ, the importance placed on the pilgrimage to Compostela by medieval man could hardly be more clearly evident .