This is a wonderful medieval bronze seal dating to the 13th century. The design is deeply cut, giving a crisp impression of a standing figure of Saint Francis of Assisi; he is preaching to the trees, birds and animals. The engraving and artistic quality is very "period" and reminiscent of a miniature illumination. Two long-horned cattle represent the animals. The inscription in Lombardic script reads as "S'Thome:De.Sco:Marcello.Pari". it is a wonderful seal, boldly engraved with an artistic subject that may have once belonged to an early Franciscan. It is intact with a wonderful apple-green patina. A great seal and worthy of further research!
OBJECT: Seal Matrice
DATE: c. 1250 - 1300 AD
SIZE: 42mm x 25mm
WEIGHT: 15.8 grams
PROVENANCE: From a private collection, in Paris. France.
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