BUC-BD1FA4: Medieval Seal Matrix

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SEAL MATRIX

Unique ID: BUC-BD1FA4

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Copper alloy circular seal matrix, with waisted, hexagonally faceted, handle. This terminates in a single collar topped by an intact circular suspension loop with matching perforation. Device: on a plain background a squirrel in profile holding a nut in its paws, facing left, separated from the legend by the remains of a simple line. Measurements: face 15.74 mm diameter, handle 17.84 mm high. A matrix with a similar motif was found in the excavations at Bedern, York in an early to mid 14th century floor level. Squirrels were sometimes seen in medieval art as women's pets, and a bawdy meaning could be read into the inscription. It should also be noted that the cracking of nuts could be an analogy for cracking open a seal(Ottway & Rogers 2002, p2940).

Inscription: I CRAKE NOTIS

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: retained by finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1300
Date to: AD 1350

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 17.84 mm
Diameter: 15.74 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 20th August 2005

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ros Tyrrell
Identified by: Ms Ros Tyrrell

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Aylesbury Vale (District)
To be known as: Creslow

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: at a Weekend Wanderers event
Current location: retained by finder
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BUC
Created: 12 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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