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Michael protospatharios and ek prosopou of Cappadocia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2459
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 43.1.

Obverse

Indistinct half-length depiction of a saint (probably St. Michael). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

+κε..
μηχα..
.σπαθ
.κεεκ..
οσοπκ..
δοκ

Κ(ύρι)ε [β(οή)θ(ει)] Μηχα[ὴλ (πρωτο)]σπαθ[(α)ρ(ίῳ)] κὲ ἐκ [πρ]οσόπ(ου) Κ[απ(πα)]δοκ(ίας)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Μηχαὴλ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ κὲ ἐκ προσόπου Καππαδοκίας.

Lord, help your servant Michael, protospatharios and ek prosopou of Cappadocia.

Commentary

The outline of a globus cruciger held in the left hand leads to the identification of the figure on the obverse as St. Michael.

Another Michael ek prosopou of Cappadocia is attested on a seal, which is at least one century earlier than the present specimen (published by G.  Schlumberger in RN ser. 4, vol. 5, 1905, 306, no. 215).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2459
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 43.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2459
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 43.1.

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