Date Made/Found: 1270-1330
Material and Medium: Lead
Dimensions: Overall: 25 x 10 x 35mm (1 x 3/8 x 1 3/8in.)
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: 1980.908
This Medieval seal matrix was found in Dronfield, Derbyshire. A seal matrix was pressed into wax to authenticate official documents. This pointed oval design is called a vesica seal. It depicts Mary and Jesus alongside a kneeling monk and has a Biblical text around the edge.
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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