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seal-impression / seal

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  • Description

    Pointed oval bronze seal-matrix with a low ridge and loop at the back showing a pelican with her three chicks in a nest supported by branches. There is a legend within pearled borders. With wax impression.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 14thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 3.6 centimetres
    • Width: 2.25 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

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  • Curator's comments

    Text from 'Good Impressions: Image and Authority in Medieval Seals', ed. Adams, Cherry and Robinson. British Museum 2008. Handlist no. 4.4.
    Seal with the 'Pelican in Piety'.Text from 'Catalogue of British Seal-Dies in the British Museum', A.B. Tonnochy, London 1952, cat. no. 596.
    Oppenheimer Collection, Christie's, July 15, 1936, lot 248. Previously in the Dimsdale Collection.


  • Bibliography

    • Adams et al 2008 4.4 bibliographic details
    • Tonnochy 1952 596 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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