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seal-impression / seal

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1897,0508.1

  • 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. This piece shows the Queen standing, facing, with a long robe girt at the waist and a long open mantle on her shoulders. In her left hand a sceptre with fleur-de-lis at the end, her right on her her breast; on her head a crown with three fleur-de-lis. A legend is around the border. Additionally with wax seal-impression.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1196-1199
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 86.5 millimetres
    • Width: 47.5 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        +S REGINA IOHA FILIA QVONDAM h REGIS ANGLORUM
  • Curator's comments

    See also 1897.0508.2.
    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

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1897

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1897,0508.1

During cleaning 2006: old restoration discovered. Filled plug in queen's belly has been removed. Seal-die; silver; pointed oval; Queen Joanna, daughter of Henry II of England; depicted as Duchess of Narbonne, Countess of Toulouse and Marchioness of Provence.

During cleaning 2006: old restoration discovered. Filled plug in queen's belly has been removed. Seal-die; silver; pointed oval; Queen Joanna, daughter of Henry II of England; depicted as Duchess of Narbonne, Countess of Toulouse and Marchioness of Provence.

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