DUR-75A730: DUR-75A730

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SEAL MATRIX

Unique ID: DUR-75A730

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Cast copper alloy Medieval seal matrix, 14th century in date.

Copper alloy circular seal matrix, hexagonal tapering handle with a broken circular suspension loop at top. Device of, in the centre, a twig-like tree with a nest at the top; in this, a bird facing left. Either side of this two figures rather crudely drawn: on the left, a young man in profile facing right, and on the right, a rather long head of a woman in profile facing left, no real details visible. Unfortunately the edge of the seal is missing so no legend remains.

A similar seal matrix is already recorded on the PAS database as IHS-F92E93 by Irene Szymanski who is an expert in this field. For that record she comments that it could be 'A lovers' matrix; other matrices of this type carry French legends which are clearly derived from amour courtois such as "She has elevated my heart" (sealmat IHS-A8C1B3, illustrated) or images of lovers of legend such as Tristan and Iseult (sealmat 181). A seal of this type in the Public Record Office was used in 1452 by a knight, Thomas, lord de Roos; judging by its workmanship, this piece probably belonged to a lesser individual, but one who aspired to the pursuits of his or her social superiors.'

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 15.06 mm
Weight: 3.8 g
Diameter: 14.89 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st November 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Frances McIntosh
Identified by: Miss Frances McIntosh
Secondary identifier: Mrs Irene Szymanski

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: North East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
District: County Durham (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Durham Area

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Timeline of associated dates

Audit data

Recording Institution: DUR
Created: Tuesday 14th December 2010
Updated: Tuesday 14th December 2010

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