Seal of Doge Michele Steno (reverse)

Seal of Doge Michele Steno (reverse)

1400-1409

Part of a set. See all set records

Repousé gold over a core of wax and resin

Diameter: 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1985.198.b

Description

This opulent seal, an example of the splendor surrounding the ruler of Venice, was once attached to a charter issued in 1409. 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.

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