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Michael bishop of Oreoi (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.9
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Chipped below at channel opening.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 19.1a.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 614.
Cf. similar specimen in Konstantopoulos, no. 70a.

Obverse

The Virgin standing, raising her hands toward the Hand of God. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : and the vertical inscription: ΗΑ|ΓΙΟΣΟΡΙ|ΤΗ|ΣΑ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ ἡ Ἁγιοσορίτησα. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


ΣΦΡΑΓ,
ΜΙΧΑΗΛ
ΡΕΝ
ΕΠΙΣΚΟ
Π

Σφραγὶς Μιχαὴλ Ὠρεῶν ἐπισκόπου

Translation

Σφραγὶς Μιχαὴλ Ὠρεῶν ἐπισκόπου.

Seal of Michael, bishop of Oreoi.

Commentary

Dodecasyllabic. Zacos (Seals II, no. 783) published a 12th century seal of a bishop of Oreoi named Michael with the same metrical inscription but with a different representation of the Virgin (half length, orans with medallion).

Modern Oreos or Oreoi in the north of Euboia. A bishop of Oreos was in attendance at the Second Council of Nicaea in 787, and the bishopric appears in episcopal lists in the early 10th century (Darrouzès, Notitiae, no. 7, line 501) as a suffragan of Athens. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 458, and Koder-Hild, Hellas, 228; Fedalto, 516.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.9
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Chipped below at channel opening.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 19.1a.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 614.
Cf. similar specimen in Konstantopoulos, no. 70a.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.9
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 22 mm
Condition Chipped below at channel opening.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 19.1a.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 614.
Cf. similar specimen in Konstantopoulos, no. 70a.

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