WMID-AC0922: Medieval Papal Bulla of Pope Urban III (probably) (front, reverse)

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BULLA

Unique ID: WMID-AC0922

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An incomplete lead papal bulla, probably of Urban III (1185-1187) or Urban IV (1216-1264). Mass: 10.2g; length: 31.2mm; width: 20.1; thickness: 4.2mm. The fragment, almost half of a papal bulla, is sub-semi-circular, with the straighter edge being a break. The papal bulla has a brown/off-white surface, which covers the break. Therefore the break does not appear to be recent. On the front of the papal bulla there is an (incomplete) inscription which reads: U[]/BA[]/P[] over three lines, with a pellet border around the curved edge. On the reverse of the papal bulla is the head of Saint Peter within a partial pellet border, with a pellet border around the curved edge and an (incomplete) inscription which reads: [](S)PE. Papal bullae of Urban III and Urban IV have been recorded on the PAS database (e.g. see WMID-C81864 and SWYOR-E12A00). These have a similar arrangement of letters on the left hand side of the front, but it is unclear which Pope Urban is referred to on the bulla recorded here.

Class: papal
Inscription: [](S)PE / U[]/BA[]/P[]
Evidence of reuse: Cut in half

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: AD 1185
Date to: AD 1264
Period of reuse: MEDIEVAL

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.2 mm
Width: 20.1 mm
Thickness: 4.2 mm
Weight: 10.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Tuesday 2nd December 2008

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Lead
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: City of Wolverhampton (Metropolitan District)
District: City of Wolverhampton (Metropolitan District)
To be known as: Wolverhampton

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Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

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