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Michael Mouzalon (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1529
Diameter 17 mm

Obverse

Half-length St. Michael, facing, holding the scepter in his right hand and the globus cruciger in his left. Inscription to both sides: Μ|Ι|.|ΑΗ|Λ: Μιχαήλ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

.ΟΝΜ
ΖΑΛΝΑ
ΜΙΧΑΗΛ
ΣΚΕΠΟΙΣ
ΝΟΕ

Τὸν Μουζάωνα Μιχαὴλ σκέποις νόε

Translation

Τὸν Μουζάωνα Μιχαὴλ σκέποις νόε.

O intellect, may you protect Michael Mouzalon.

Commentary

The final Ν in the family name, given by this seal but not by its parallel, is superfluous according to Laurent's interpretation of the family name, in his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection. He thus reads the name as Mouzalon not Mouzalonas, as has been followed here.

The apostrophe to the Archangel, calling him νόε (intellect), is, according to Laurent, a reference to his role as πρώτιστε ταγμάτων νόων, as he is known elsewhere (cf. Laurent, Vatican, no. 186).

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1529
Diameter 17 mm

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Accession number BZS.1947.2.1529
Diameter 17 mm

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Accession number BZS.1947.2.1529
Diameter 17 mm

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