Seal matrix by Medieval

This is the only existing seal matrix belonging to William de Lamberton, Bishop of St Andrews.

Details

Medium:
Copper alloy Dimensions: 4.6 × 2.6cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £10,000)
Acquired in:
2016
Vendor:
Queen's & Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer

It is a distinctive example of Medieval craftmanship and design, featuring a saltire with a scallop shell, a metaphor for St Andrews as a site of pilgrimage. The presence of a bird and a fish may allude to Lamberton’s connection to Glasgow Cathedral, where he was canon and later chancellor.

Provenance

Found in the Boarhills region of Fife specifically NGR: NO 57586 13801; handed to the Treasure Trove unit

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