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8
Probably Italian, 13th century
SEAL MATRIX
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
8
Probably Italian, 13th century
SEAL MATRIX
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Probably Italian, 13th century
SEAL MATRIX
inscribed: S' GERMENI CIECH (the seal of Germen the Blind (or one-eyed) )
gold, set with a Roman, circa 2nd century nicolo intaglio
19mm., ¾in.
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Catalogue Note

Martin Henig has conducted significant research on the primarily English practice of incorporating ancient Roman intaglios into inscribed medieval settings in the 12th and 13th centuries. These were often referred to as sigillum secreti (secret seal) and used primarily for personal correspondence. For comparable seal matrices, see J. Cherry and M. Henig, 'Intaglios Set in Medieval Seal Matrices: Indicators of Political Power and Social Status?' in J. Cherry, J. Berenbeim and L. de Beer (eds.), Seals and Status: The Power of Objects, The British Museum, London, 2018, pp. 104-113

Old Master Sculpture & Works of Art

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