Medieval gilded silver seal matrix

Photo: Norfolk County Council CC By SA2.0
Object type: Seal Matrix
Period: Medieval
Primary material: Silver
Date found: 29/04/2023
Location: Broadland, Norfolk


A finely crafted seal matrix, dated to 1250-1400, with the Virgin Mary holding the Christ Child held in her arms. The inscription reads TE: ROGO: IVSTICIE: SOL: PIVS: ESTO: VIE / AVE MA which has been translated as ‘I beseech Thee, holy Sun of Righteousness, be the way’. An unusual feature is the socket for a separate handle.