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Susan M. Johns

imbalance of power relations, or gender roles, is at the heart of the iconographic representations. If seals are reflective of aristocratic culture, they are representative of the aristocratic symbolic ordering of the world. The symbolism on high-status noblewomen’s seals reflects ambiguity, status, gender, lordship, culture, sexuality through dress codes, and so on, and thus confirm that symbols are multivocal, ambiguous and varied. The representational forms of noblewomen’s seals symbolised noblewomen’s cultural identities and served to endorse gendered norms of women

in Noblewomen, aristocracy and power in the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman realm