The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of September 26, 2016

Seal of Doge Michele Steno (obverse), 1400-1409

repousé gold over a core of wax and resin, Diameter: h. 4.80 cm (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.

the figures of the Doge and St. Mark are identified by the inscription.

CMA 1986: "Year in Review 1985," CMA Bulletin, 1986 (February, 1986), p.63

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