BH-C8A956: Medieval seal matrix

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Unique ID: BH-C8A956

Object type certainty: Certain
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A copper-alloy seal matrix of 14th century date. No parallel could be found for this interesting seal matrix, which survives intact and with little corrosion. The printing face is circular and deeply incised. When printed, the central image shows a pair of sleeve-clad forearms extending towards the centre, where the protruding hands hold a heart. The legend runs clockwise from 12 o'clock and reads: 'MOVN QVER DONE', which translates as 'I gave you my heart' (in medieval French). It seems likely that this seal is intended to be somewhat light-hearted and witty, as the heart is depicted so as to give the illusion that it is a woman's breasts, or possibly buttocks. At the back, the seal tapers upwards and is hexagonal in section. At the top is a perforated loop. The object measures 20.1mm long and weighs 5.8g. The printing face is 16.7mm in diameter.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: With finder


Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1300
Date to: Circa AD 1400

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 20.1 mm
Width: 16.7 mm
Weight: 5.8 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 10th August 2008

Personal details

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Recorded by: Mr Julian Watters
Identified by: Mr Julian Watters

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Ver 08/97 - 1

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: South Oxfordshire (District)
To be known as: Watlington

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: With finder

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: BH
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 8 years ago

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