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Anonymous (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla preserved at right: Υ̣̅ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Dimly discernible remains of the “Tongue of Fire” over the sigla. Border of dots.

Reverse

Bust of an uncertain saint, blessing with his right hand and possibly holding a gospel book in his left; remains of inscription flanking the saint are illegible. The figure is possibly a hierarch whose basic outline resembles that of Nicholas. Border of dots.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla preserved at right: Υ̣̅ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Dimly discernible remains of the “Tongue of Fire” over the sigla. Border of dots.

Reverse

Bust of an uncertain saint, blessing with his right hand and possibly holding a gospel book in his left; remains of inscription flanking the saint are illegible. The figure is possibly a hierarch whose basic outline resembles that of Nicholas. Border of dots.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1798
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 11.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 10.71.

Commentary

For a discussion of the “Tongues of Fire” accompanying Marian sphragistic images, see no. 4.5, above.