England or Germany, Gothic period, 14th century
gilded bronze, Overall: 3.8 x 2.6 cm (1 1/2 x 1 in.). Gift of Mrs. Herbert F. Leisy in honor of William Mathewson Milliken 1974.12
These seals were once used in monasteries as molds for making wax impressions that were routinely pressed onto letters, charters, and other documents as proof of authenticity.
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