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Post-medieval cloth seal. Cloth seal made of two circular pieces of metal joined together. The right half is decorated with three harps in relief. The left half is shaped into a loop. This cloth seal may have been an Irish linen seal. People have woven linen from the fibres of the flax plant from pre-historic times. The Irish produced linen throughout the Middle Ages. The industry was developed in the north of the country by Huguenots fleeing to Ireland from religious persecution in France. The harp has been a symbol of Ireland since medieval times and continues to be used today as an emblem of the Irish State.
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