Italy, Venice, 15th century
repousé gold over a core of wax and resin, Diameter - h:4.80 cm (h:1 7/8 inches). Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1985.198.a
This opulent seal, an example of the splendor surrounding the ruler of Venice, was once attached to a charter issued in1409. Seals were molded or embossed and attached to official documents as evidence of authenticity. This example is thought to be one of the finest Venetian seals to be preserved.