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Michael merarches (eleventh century, second half)

Accession Number:
BZS.1951.31.5.1992 (formerly Fogg 1992)

Details

Diameter:
20 mm
Field:
19 mm
Weight:
7.30 g

Obverse

Michael merarches (eleventh century, second half)

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

Reverse

Michael merarches (eleventh century, second half)

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

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθι Μιχαὴλ τοῦ μεράρχ(ου).

Translation

Κύριε βοήθι Μιχαὴλ τοῦ μεράρχου.

Lord, help Michael merarch.

Audio

Commentary

Dating 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 merarchs in the written sources after the late eleventh century.

 

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