Fine Books & Manuscripts
Ecclesiastical Wax Seals, Three, European, c. 1400-1600.
Three seals originally attached to documents, one with silk threads attached, the other two with vestiges of parchment strip attachment; fingerprints on the versos of all three, one is oval, 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 in., with a seated Bishop flanked by two coats of arms, and formed of a light-colored wax; the other two are dark and round; the smaller is 2 1/2 in. and depicts the Madonna and Child, flanked by two saints; and the larger (4 1/4 in.) seal depicts Saint Peter (with his key) in a gothic architectural framework, with a smaller counter-seal on the verso; all have wear and edge chips, the text around the edges is fragmentary. (3)
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