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SEAL MATRIX

Unique ID: SUR-C178AD

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A vesica shaped personal seal matrix, 31.2mm in length. The die face depicts a pelican on a nest feeding its chicks from the blood pecked from its breast. The legend reads S' PEREGRINI STELLEN, indicating it to be a personal seal (Sigillum) of a Peregrine Stellen. The reverse has a broken suspension loop at the top of a medial ridge. Circa 13th-14th century.

Notes:

The pelican in her piety was a symbol of Christ's sacrifice; it is one of the religious motifs which were popular during the 14th century. The legend derives from Psalm 101: 'Similis factus - sum pelicanus solitudinis' which in the English Bible is Psalm 102 verse 6: 'I am like a pelican of the wilderness' (Cherry (1991)).

Inscription: S' PEREGRINI STELLEN

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: MEDIEVAL
Period from: MEDIEVAL
Period to: MEDIEVAL
Date from: Circa AD 1200
Date to: Circa AD 1350

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 31.2 mm
Height: 6.5 mm
Width: 18.8 mm
Weight: 5.93 g

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Materials and construction

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

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Northamptonshire (County)
District: Daventry (District)
Parish or ward: Ashby St. Ledgers (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP5768
Four figure Latitude: 52.30716606
Four figure longitude: -1.16541306
1:25K map: SP5768
1:10K map: SP56NE
Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Cherry, J. Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum Medieval Catalogue

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Audit data

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

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