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Anonymous (twelfth century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1981
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Condition . Image on reverse partially effaced by indentation.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, 2.9. 

Obverse

The Presentation of Christ (Luke 2: 22-34). In the center is the Christ Child, held by the Virgin who is standing at the left. Symeon is at the right. Beneath Christ is an altar with a cloth decorated with a cross; possible traces of an illegible inscription between the heads of Christ and Symeon. Inscription in two columns: Η|Π|ΑΠ|Α||Τ|Ι: [ἡ] Ἡπαπαντὶ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Uncertain female saint standing (in all likelihood Saint Anna, from the Hypapante scene on the obverse); the inscription and image are damaged through left side. Inscription in two columns (only left survives): Η|Α|ΓΙ|Α: ἡ ἁγία. Border of dots.

Commentary

Among published seals, there are just two examples with the scene of the Presentation of Christ: Laurent, Corpus 2, no. 554, (tenth century), and Šandrovskaja, “Sfragistika,” no. 774, (eleventh century).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1981
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Condition . Image on reverse partially effaced by indentation.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, 2.9.