sealing (Scope note)

Term used to describe the material either attached directly to a document (and usually made of clay, wax or metal) or used to close a package, jar or door etc (in which case it may or may not be impressed with a seal). In the Roman period and Medieval Europe, the term refers to items which were for official use by the military or judicial authorities, presumably for sealing bales, boxes, doors, lids, writing tablets and so on. When the sealing is impressed the record should also include a reference to it as a seal impression.