This is a superb medieval bronze seal, dating to the 13th century. The seal is cut with an armorial of five towers, the legend in 'Lombardic-script' "S' Iohis Serem (Señor) Da Tore" for the seal of Sir John, Lord of Torre (the arms of five towers have been attributed to the noble Torres family in Spain). It would appear this seal was either locked away in a chest or kept in a cathedral treasury. It is in perfect condition, with a fabulous chocolate patina from centuries of being handled. Ex. Drouot Million, Paris 2013.
OBJECT: Seal Matrice
DATE: c. 13th century A.D.
SIZE: 33mm x 12mm x 3mm
WEIGHT: 19.9 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Drouot Millon sale, Paris 2013, seal collection formed during the 19th century
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