Reverse of pewter ampulla- holy water bottle: 13th century
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Reverse of pewter ampulla showing an image of St. Edward enthroned. St. Edward is shown holding a cross and a sceptre. The surrounding inscription is worn and largely illegible, it reads: "+QVOS[... S' EDWA[.… ;" The other side depicts St Peter, patron saint of Westminster Abbey, holding a cross and the keys of heaven. Here the inscription reads: "+ LAN[..]A : CVM : CLAVIS : ET : CRVX : EST : CELICA : CLAV[.]S". This is a rare example of an ampulla of St Edward the Confessor. Edward reigned as King of England from 1042-66 and was known for his piety and good works. He was canonised in 1161.
1200 AD - 1300 AD