16. Seals

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Created on: 19 October 2015

There are more than 560 seal matrices and in the region of 400 seal impressions in the Schoyen collection, 27 available on this website. The collection starts with 150 stamp seal matrices from the 5th and 4th millennium BC, and ends with wax seals on medieval documents and papal lead bullas.

Indus Valley Seal | MS 4617
Created on: 30 September 2014

MS in Indus Valley language on white steatite, Indus Civilization, ca. 2500-1800 BC 

Court of Pleas Seal, County Palatine of Durham | MS 2223/13
Created on: 13 September 2013

MS in Latin on brass mounted on copper alloy, Durham?, England, 1595-1606, circular seal matrix, lines in square capitals, the Chancellor of the Court of Pleas of Durham on the obverse.

Created on: 13 September 2013

MS in Latin on copper alloy with polished brass colour, Isle of Man, England, 3rd quarter of 15C, oval seal matrix,  in black-letter script, figure of a bishop holding a staff, a smaller three- quarter length figure of the bishop praying.

Thomas de Ros seal | MS 2223/368
Created on: 13 September 2013

MS in Latin on copper alloy, England, 1430-1431, circular face seal matrix, in black-letter script, a central shield with the arms of Roos surmounted by a peacock.

Silver Seal with Cornellian Insert | MS 2223/401
Created on: 13 September 2013

MS in Latin on silver, England, 13c, oval face seal matrix, in Lombardic script, pierced suspension loop in the shape of a dragon's head with inset Roman cornelian stone, 1c "Mars Gradivus".

Baron Finn Gautsson Seal | MS 2223/16
Created on: 13 September 2013

MS in Latin on bronze, Mel near Bergen, Sunnhordland, Norway, or England, 1247-1266, seal matrix, formal Lombardic script, armoured knight on a horse.

Seal of Wulfric | MS 2223/14
Created on: 13 September 2013

MS in Latin on walrus ivory, Kent, England, 11c, seal matrix, Anglo-Saxon capitals, 3/4 length figure of a man with sword; bird-headed dragon handle.

Lead Bulla with Hebrew Letter | MS 1912
Created on: 13 September 2013

MS in Hebrew on lead, Dead Sea area, 1st c. BC - 1st c. AD., bulla with an archaic Hebrew letter and an illustration the Menorah.

Red Jasper Stamp Seal | MS 5160/1
Created on: 13 September 2013

MS in Luwian on red jasper, Neo Hittite states, Syria, 10th-8th c. BC, cursive Hittite hieroglyphs within a circle, pierced for suspension.

Chalcedony Cylinder Seal | MS 3021/1
Created on: 13 September 2013

Cylinder seal on grey chalcedony, Babylonia, ca. 800-600 BC, 1 seal, h. 3,8 cm, diam 1,3 cm, showing battling animals rampant and a priest standing before an altar with the spade device representing Marduk, and 2 types of styli, a wedge for clay and a stylus for wax.

Green Stone Cylinder Seal | MS 3335
Created on: 13 September 2013

MS in Neo Sumerian on green stone, Babylonia, 2000-1600 BC, 1 cylinder seal, diam. 1,4x2,9 cm, single column, 4 lines in cuneiform script, with dedication scene.