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5 December 2023, 13:03

A medieval seal matrix was found in northeast England

A medieval seal matrix was found in northeast England
A unique seal matrix, which probably belonged to a monk and dates from the 13th and 14th centuries, was discovered near Norwich in southeast England. The found artifact became a real archaeological fortune, which can reveal new aspects of the history and culture of that time.

The seal matrix is adorned with the inscription "I beseech you, holy sun of righteousness, be the way," which historians believe makes the 24.6 mm round seal truly one-of-a-kind. In the center is the image of the Virgin Mary, who was once the baby Jesus, and to her right is a praying monk. This scene is surrounded by a frame with the medieval Latin inscription 'TE: ROGO: IVSTICIE: SOL: PIVS: ESTO: VIE / AVE MA.', set in a dotted circular border along the edge.
Photo source: bbc.com
Photo source: bbc.com
It is noted that such motifs are not uncommon on ancient seals. However, this particular option has no direct analogues of that period. The use of the term "Sun of Righteousness" to refer to Jesus Christ adds additional uniqueness.

The presence of a sleeve with a toothed edge on the reverse side led researchers to suggest that the seal matrix had a removable handle that could be secured by twisting.
Photo source: bbc.com
Photo source: bbc.com
Early research also indicates that the seal matrix was used to create important documents or sign letters. This makes the artifact even more interesting for historians and archaeologists, as it can open up new opportunities for understanding the communication practices and social structure of the Middle Ages.
Photo source: bbc.com
Photo source: bbc.com
Photo source: bbc.com
Photo source: bbc.com
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Photo source: bbc.com
Source: arkeonews.net

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