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Michael/Manuel bishop / Theodore, patrikios and strategos (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2031
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Overstruck.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 992.
Nesbitt, "Overstruck Seals in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection", no. 6.

Obverse

Double struck: Bust of beardless, youthful, nimbate saint, seemingly winged and holding scepter in r. hand, likely St. Michael. Overstuck on inscription in five lines with four pellet design above. Indeterminate border.

Θεοδώρ(ῳ) [πατρ]ικ(ίῳ) (καὶ) [στρα]τηγ(ῷ) . . .

Reverse

Cruciform monogram, reading either Μιχαήλ or Μανουήλ, with inscription in four angles of the cruciform: ΕΠΙΣ|ΚΟΠ. Additionally, there is an inscription visible in the fields to the l. and r. of monogram, likely the remains of a circular inscription between two borders of dots.

Μιχαήλ/Μανουήλ ἐπισκόπο

Circular Inscription: βοή[θι]

Translation

Θεοδώρῳ πατρικίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ. . . (Θεοτόκε/Κύριε) βοήθι Μιχαὴλ ἐπισκόπῳ.

Theodore patrikios and strategos. . . Theotokos/Lord help Michael episkopos.

Commentary

This seal is overstruck, as is quite clear on the obverse. The inscription over which the saint has been struck is partially reading, seeming to be that of a Theodore, patrikios and strategos, though missing the last portion of the inscription containing the place name associated with his duties as strategos and/or a family name; however this part of the inscription is illegible, though Nesbitt tenuously claims that it may read Βουκελλαρίων.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2031
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Overstruck.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 992.
Nesbitt, "Overstruck Seals in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection", no. 6.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2031
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Overstruck.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 992.
Nesbitt, "Overstruck Seals in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection", no. 6.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2031
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Overstruck.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 992.
Nesbitt, "Overstruck Seals in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection", no. 6.

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