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    • Primary material: Lead
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Object type: BULLA
Broad period: MEDIEVAL
County: Wiltshire
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A lead papal bulla of Pope Alexander III dating to AD 1159-1181. On the obverse is written ALEX / ANDER / PP III (in three lines) surrounded by a circle of pellets. PP stands for pastor pastorum - 'shepherd of the shepherds'. The reverse depicts the heads of St Peter and St Paul facing each other, each in a vesica-shaped compartment defined by beading, cross pattee with long foot between the heads and SPA SPE above. There is some evidence of a circle of pellets around the edge. Lead seals of this type were put on official papal documents sent out from Rome as a means of authenti…
Created on: Tuesday 13th October 2015
Last updated: Monday 2nd November 2015
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