SUSS-D4B8A5: Medieval Seal Matrix

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SEAL MATRIX

Unique ID: SUSS-D4B8A5

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

A copper-alloy Medieval vesica-shaped seal matrix, probably of 14th century date. The seal is vesica in shape with a flat outer face and a reverse that is plain and undecorated save for a thin vertical rib with the remains of a circular suspension loop. The outer face is damaged and abraded, therefore discerning the legend and decoration is difficult. The central depiction seems to be of a 'pelican in its piety' feeding three chicks in a nest resting on a branch. The legend is nearly completely illegible but likely reads: [ECC]E P[E]LICAN[VS] ('Here is a pelican'). Unfortunately due to its poor preservation, this seal cannot be attributed to a specific individual. It measures approximately 30 mm long, 17.66 mm wide (at centre), 3.7 mm thick (at centre) and weighs 5.91 grams.

Notes:

Seal impression taken and retained for Sussex FLO collection and also for specialist Chris Whittick. This seal matrix was 3D imaged by the University of Brighton but the results were inconclusive.

Inscription: ECCE PELICANVS

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
Length: 30 mm
Width: 17.66 mm
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Weight: 5.91 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 31st May 2014

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Stephanie Smith
Identified by: Miss Stephanie Smith

Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Ashford (District)
Parish or ward: Rolvenden (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: TQ8329
Four figure Latitude: 51.03122788
Four figure longitude: 0.60845508
1:25K map: TQ8329
1:10K map: TQ82NW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

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Audit data

Recording Institution: SUSS
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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