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Anonymous (thirteenth century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4821
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 19.8.

Obverse

The Virgin orans, standing on a suppedion, with an uncertain epithet. Sigla: ̣̅ – ΘΥ: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Uncertain epithet in two columns: ΗΑ̣|Π̣Υ̣|Ρ̣̣ –   .  . .: Ἡ Ἀπυρω[…] or ΗΑ̣|Λ̣Υ̣|Ρ̣̣ –  .  . . : Ἡ Ἀλυρω[…]  or ΗΛ̣|Α̣Υ̣|Ρ̣̣ – .  . .: Ἡ Λαυρω[…] or ΗΛ̣|Α̣Μ̣|̣̣ – .  . .: Ἡ Λαμβω[.]. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Greek cross with arms terminating in small roundels; in the quadrants flanking the cross arms are sigla. Sigla: ΙΣ – Χ̣̣|̅ – Κ̅: Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστὸ)ς ν(ι)κ(ᾷ). Indeterminate border.

Commentary

In Kestner 2, no. 98, there is also a tessera or token with the obverse image of the Virgin orans with a medallion of the bust of Christ and on the reverse is a large patriarchal cross, with flaring arms, on steps and flanked by the identical sigla as on our specimen. The Kestner specimen is assigned to the late Byzantine period.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4821
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 19.8.