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Theodore (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1612
Diameter 21 mm


St. George, nimbate, mounted on a horse galloping to the right, with a spear in his right hand stabbing a dragon on the ground before him. No visible inscription. Border of dots.


Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεωδώρῳ, ἅγιο (?) Γεώργηο.


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεωδώρῳ, ἅγιο (?) Γεώργηο.

Lord, help your servant Theodore, St. George.


The last line and a half of the reverse inscription is somewhat unclear. After the name, there seems to be an invocation to St. George, which illuminates him as the figure on the obverse (as opposed to St. Theodore, also a dragon-slayer). In particular, the letter after Theodore--and what is perhaps a superscript above it--poses a problem, in addition to the fact that George is not in a typical vocative form. The reading given here cannot be accepted with certainty. On the seals depicting George as a dragon-slayer, see Stepanenko, "An Anonymous Russian Seal."