- Museum number
Lead heart case; basin shape with lid; coat of arms on lid: Sidney; initials; surrounded by garter; inscription around bottom.
- Production date
- 1586 (death date)
Diameter: 15.50 centimetres
Height: 11.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Associated dates : 1586.
Another lead urn with name of John Peck and dated 1562 recently acquired by Ryedale Folk Museum in North Yorkshire in 2009, but these are rare. See book in BL by Charles Bradford London 1933 on heart burial for the practice.
Gallery Label: Gallery 46, Case 6, August 2005
Heart-coffin, lead, for Sir Henry Sidney
Burying the heart separately from the body was a late-medieval practice among the aristocracy. Sir Henry Sidney (1529-86) was Lord Deputy of Ireland and President of Wales. His body was buried in Penshurst, Kent and his heart in Ludlow, Shropshire.
MLA OA 4280
- On display (G46/dc6/s1/sh3)
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number