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Seller: Top-Rated Seller aurelius1962 (5,956) 100%, Location: ..................., Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 223016048973 Seal A 030 – BYZANTINE LEAD SEAL BULLAE in AS FOUND CONDITION, c.900 - 1100 AD. (18mm, 5.3g.) During the Byzantine period, lead bullae (singular, Bulla) were widely used to seal and identify the sender of correspondence and containers in shipment. An iron, pliers-shaped instrument, a boulloterion, was used to impress the designs on a lead bulla seal. After the cord was wrapped around the package or document and the ends inserted in a channel in the blank seal, the seal was placed between the disc shaped engraved dies on the jaws of a boulloterion. The boulloterion had a projection above the jaws, which was struck with a hammer to impress the design on the seal and close the channel around the two ends of the cord. With a bulla in place a container cannot be violated without visible damage to either the bulla or the cord, ensuring the contents remain tamper-proof until they reach their destination. Found in the Balkans region. These seals were used for messages or to seal some kind of commercial product and documents being transported throughout the Byzantine Empire. Unidentified!!! The piece is as found in the soil and some earth deposits still remaining on the surface. Looks much better on hand!!! Authenticity Guaranteed 100% +++ Condition: As found condition!!!, Provenance: Balkans, Material: Lead

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