Thursday, October 12, 2006

Sigillography

From the Vatican Secret Archives: an article on Sigillography: the science of seals.
Found in the great Mesopotamian civilizations, in ancient Egypt, in the Jewish, the Greek-Roman worlds, as well as in the Chinese and Japanese and the American Pre-Columbian civilizations, the seal has its period of maximum splendour in the Middle Ages.

However, still today, in the technology era, it is still universally used with the same practical and juridical aims, which have not changed throughout the centuries: to guarantee the integrity or the secrecy an object or a deed, to confirm the property to who affixes it, to authenticate a written document in order to certify it corresponds with the author’s will.

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