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seal-impression / seal

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1897,0508.2

  • Description

    Pointed oval silver seal-die made in two pieces, each with a projection (one broken) at one end fitting into a loop on the other piece. On this piece the Queen is sitting on a faldstool dressed in a long robe girt at the waist and a long open mantle on her shoulders, her cloak gathered on her knees, without a crown. Her left hand on her breast, and her right holding the cross of Toulouse. There is a legend around the border. Additionally with wax seal-impression.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1196-1199
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 86 millimetres
    • Width: 47 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Content

        + Ƨ. IOHA DVCISSA NARb COMTISSA ThOL MARChISIA PROV.
  • Curator's comments

    See also 1897.0508.1.
    Text from 'Good Impressions: Image and Authority in Medieval Seals', ed. Adams, Cherry and Robinson. British Museum 2008. Handlist no. 7.4.
    Seal of Joanna, daughter of Henry II of England.
    Joanna became Queen of Sicily through her first marriage to William the Good. Her second marriage added the titles of Duchess of Narbonne, Countess of Toulouse and Marchioness of Provence.Text from 'Catalogue of British Seal-Dies in the British Museum', A.B. Tonnochy, London 1952, cat. no. 5 (comment relating to registration nos. 1897,0508.1-2).
    Found in the ruins of the Cistercian abbey of Grandselve, Canton of Verdun- sur-Garonne, formerly in the diocese of Toulouse, now in that of Montauban. The seal is that of Joanna, daughter of Henry II of England (b. 1165, d.1195) (1) as Queen of Sicily, widow of William II (1166-89), (2) as Duchesse of Narbonne, Countess of Toulouse, and Marchioness of Provence ('Proc. Soc. Antiq.', viii, p.34).

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  • Bibliography

    • Tonnochy 1952 5 bibliographic details
    • Adams et al 2008 7.4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G40/dc10/sC

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1897,0508.2

Seal-die; silver; pointed oval; made in two pieces, each with projection(one broken) at one end fitting into a loop on the other piece; on both pieces: Queen Joanna, daughter of Henry II of England, Duchess of Narbonne, Countess of Toulouse and Marchioness of Provence; inscriptions; one wax and three plaster impressions.

Seal-die; silver; pointed oval; made in two pieces, each with projection(one broken) at one end fitting into a loop on the other piece; on both pieces: Queen Joanna, daughter of Henry II of England, Duchess of Narbonne, Countess of Toulouse and Marchioness of Provence; inscriptions; one wax and three plaster impressions.

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