Important and inconspicuous. Lead seals

9 May 2018 - 9 September 2018

Important and inconspicuous. Lead seals / Istotne – niepozorne. Ołowiane znaki pieczętne

Place ul. Piłsudskiego 12, POLAND
Organizer Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie / The National Museum in Cracow
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‘The Sphinx of Slav Sigillography’ – this is how small lead objects with mysterious symbols found since 1864 at the bottom of Drohiczyn Góra Zamkowa (Castle Mount) were described. They are called ‘Drohiczyn seals’ after the place where they were found for the first time, although nowadays they are also known from the periphery of Kievan Rus, including the Polish-Russian borderland, especially Drohiczyn and Czermno, where they can be found in large numbers. The function of these objects dating from the period of the 11th – 13th century still remains a riddle. It is difficult to give an explicit interpretation of images which they depict or identify the people issuing them. In the collection of the Numismatic Room there are almost one thousand seals of Drohiczyn type, and this collection, being examined now, has become the main reason for preparing this exhibition.