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seal

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1970,0904.1

  • Description

    Silver seal-matrix is deeply cut and shows the queen holding a sceptre and fleur-de-lis. There is a suspension ring and an engraved inscription.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1180 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 96 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Latin
      • Inscription Content

        +ELISABEZ.DI.GRACIA FRANCORUM REGINA
  • Curator's comments

    Text from 'Good Impressions: Image and Authority in Medieval Seals', ed. Adams, Cherry and Robinson. British Museum 2008. Handlist no. 7.3.
    Seal of Isabella of Hainault.
    The carving and realisation of this silver seal are of extraordinary quality. Isabella, the wife of Philip II of France, died at the age of 21 in 1190. Her seal describes her as the Queen of France and was buried with her at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

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  • Bibliography

    • Adams et al 2008 7.3 bibliographic details
    • Robinson 2008 p. 192 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G40/dc10/sB

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1970

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1970,0904.1

Seal-matrix; Seal of Majesty of Isabel of Hainault: Queen of France; deeply cut; shows the queen holding sceptre and fleur-de-lis; suspension ring; engraved with inscription.

Seal-matrix; Seal of Majesty of Isabel of Hainault: Queen of France; deeply cut; shows the queen holding sceptre and fleur-de-lis; suspension ring; engraved with inscription.

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