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Michael (man of the) merarches (eleventh century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1992 (formerly Fogg 1992)
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 19 mm

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God, orans. Sigla at left and right: Μ̅ ΘΥ :  Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, preceded by decoration. Border of dots.


κε̅οη
θιμιχα
ηλτουμ
εραρχ,

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθι Μιχαὴλ τοῦ μεράρχ(ου)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθι Μιχαὴλ τοῦ μεράρχου.

Lord, help Michael (man of) the merarches.

Commentary

Any date for this seal is insecure. The epigraphy and style are poor, which, along with the depiction of the Mother of God, could suggest a twelfth-century date. However, if the style is the result of "provincial workmanship," we could move the date back into the eleventh century. This is here preferred, as there is no evidence for merarchai in the written sources after the late eleventh century.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1992 (formerly Fogg 1992)
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 19 mm

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Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1992 (formerly Fogg 1992)
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 19 mm

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1992 (formerly Fogg 1992)
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 19 mm

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