Ritrovamento di tessere medievali presso la cattedrale di San Lorenzo a Grosseto (Toscana-Italia)
De Benetti, Massimo
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Medieval jettons or tessere mercantili are a class of material with still many aspects to be clarified, despite being studied since the 18th century. The lack of documentary sources and the still limited number of findings in archaeological contexts, in fact, make it difficult to reconstruct a sufficiently clear picture of the production, function and circulation of these objects, known by a great variety of types. This article presents four jettons of the series traditionally known as “Androcles and the Lion” found at the cathedral of Saint Lawrence in Grosseto (Tuscany-Italy). The place of discovery and the analysis of the associated materials provide precise chronological data about the probable period of use and the moment in which they terminated their function. The study also offers the opportunity to discuss different hypothesis related to the identification of the man with the lion.
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