A rare, interesting and historic bronze oval pointed seal matrix engraved with a central motif of a human head wearing a hood being placed directly onto a pair of legs, called "drôlerie" The inscription reads : +S' ECCE . DE : CAIONON VILLA . which can be freely translated as : "HERE IS THE SEAL OF CHINON VILLE".
Chinon is an historic town at the heart of the Loire Valley, at the height of its glory during the middle ages. In the 12th century, with the Plantagenet Dynasty (Henry II and Queen Eleanor, Richard the Lionheart), and during the 15th century, when the exiled royal court spends lengthy stays in the city: Joan of Arc meets and acknowledges Charles, heir apparent and future King Charles VII in Chinon in 1429.
France, late 13th century.
Dimensions: 3,2cm x 1,9cm