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Medieval - Lead Papal Bulla Seal - Alexander IV

Antiquities - Medieval


LOT 883

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Sold for (Inc. premium): £828

MEDIEVAL - LEAD PAPAL BULLA SEAL - ALEXANDER IV

1254-1261 AD. A lead seal from a papal Bull of Alexander IV (Rinaldo Di Segni); First Type. Obv: facing busts of Saints Paul and Peter with SPA SPE inscription above and long cross between. Rev: ALE XANDER PP IIII inscription in three lines. 49.71 grams, 39 mm diameter.

Condition
Extremely fine, with part of the original hempen cord attached. Not excavated so lacking the usually seen corrosion and damage (the four examples listed in Birch all described as being 'corroded, almost illegible'). Rare.

Provenance
Ex 6th Earl of Arran (Sir Arthur Gore), 1920.

Literature
W. de Gray Birch, Seals in the Department of Manuscripts in the British Museum, Vol. 6, p. 275, no. 12,791 (from a Bull dated 1255 AD), pl. VII; D'Arcq, no. 6049.

Footnotes
These lead seals were attached to papal 'bulls' or documents issued by the Pope.

Date
Thursday 9th September 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall Antiquities & Coins

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