NLM-F95023: Medieval seal matrix

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Unique ID: NLM-F95023

Object type certainty: Certain
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Copper alloy seal matrix. An oval matrix at the end of a facetted hexagonal section tapered handle with a collared lozenge-shaped apical suspension loop, now rounded by wear. A central motif depicts a bird perched on the edge of its nest feeding three chicks below; the angle of the head and a pendent strip in the bill of the bird may suggest the subject to be the Pelican in its Piety, a type or representation of Christ [like Christ caring for the world through his self-sacrifice, the pelican was thought to feed its young with blood drawn from its breast]. Malcolm Jones kindly corrects an initial reading [see below], commenting: 'It's just the usual  SVM PELLI CAnVS DEI -- but the stem of the branch supporting the nest invades the border (looking not unlike a second letter 'I') and the expected N is a lower-case 'n' '; and meaning I am the divine pelican. Suggested date: Medieval, 1250-1300

Length (matrix): 21.7mm, Width: 18.2mm, Height: 22.8mm, Weight: 8.76gms


Formerly read as SV LI PELLI[-]D[--]VS DEI, by this reporter.


Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1250
Date to: Circa AD 1300

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 21.7 mm
Height: 22.8 mm
Width: 18.2 mm
Weight: 8.76 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Thursday 14th October 2021

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: NLM48389

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Decoration style: Figurative
Completeness: Complete
Surface Treatment: Incised or engraved or chased

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lincolnshire (County)
District: East Lindsey (District)
To be known as: Binbrook

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: NLM
Created: 9 months ago
Updated: 8 months ago

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