WMA 8159

Medieval Bronze Vesica Seal Matrix. A bronze vesica seal matrix. Inscribed + SVM PELICANVS DEI. The design in the centre is a bird feeding its young with blood pecked from its own breast. "Pelican in piety". 13th-14th century. Length 28 mm, Width 18 mm. The inscription is derived from the psalm 101 (vulgate) 'Similis factus - sum pelicanus solitudinis' which in the English bible is Psalm 102, verse 6. 'I am like a pelican of the wilderness'. The design is a little worn but readable, complete with suspension loop.


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