Dec 18, 2008

Seal of Doge Michele Steno

Seal of Doge Michele Steno


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


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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