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Anonymous (twelfth/thirteenth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.1908
Diameter 14 mm
Condition Corroded and breaks at both ends of channel, perforated on upper end of channel and face of reverse image damaged.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 4.16.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin with her hands raised before her. Sigla: ̣̅ – Θ̅Υ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Bust of Saint Theophylaktos, holding a small cross in his right hand; his left hand is obscured. Inscription in two columns: |Θ̣|Ε – Φ̣|Λ̣|̣|Τ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θε(ο)φ(ύ)λα(κ)τ(ος). Border of dots.

Commentary

The monastic saint Theophylaktos is rarely found on seals. Two other published examples are known: Berlin 2, no. 314 and Wassiliou-Seibt, Bleisiegel, 2, no. 16, both from the eleventh century. Compared to other groups of saints, monastic holy figures are less frequently encountered on seals. For the relative popularity of images of monastic saints on seals, see Cotsonis, “Contribution,” 4473-477. As in the case of other monastic saints, Theophylaktos is shown here holding the martyr’s or confessor’s cross, symbolizing the struggles of the monastic life as a continuous form of martyrdom.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.1908
Diameter 14 mm
Condition Corroded and breaks at both ends of channel, perforated on upper end of channel and face of reverse image damaged.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 4.16.