Date Made/Found: 1261-1264
Material and Medium: Lead
Dimensions: Overall: 37 x 5 x 39mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: 1974.643
This bulla, or seal, of Pope Urban IV (1261-1264 AD) was found near Roche Abbey, Maltby. Bullas were used to authenticate official documents. One side depicts Saint Paul and Saint Peter with abbreviations of their names above: SPA SPE.
The Church was important in Medieval society. At this time there was only one Church, led by the Pope in Rome. Monasteries provided the first hospitals. People made pilgrimages to sacred shrines. They sometimes purchased souvenirs such as pilgrim flasks, small bottles that contained holy water, oil or dust.
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