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Anonymous (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

The Annunciation: the Archangel Gabriel approaches from the left; the Virgin, at right, is standing or possibly seated on a thokos. Remains of a vertical inscription between the two figures: Ο|Χ|̣|.|.|Ε̣|Τ̣Ι̣|Σ|Μ, : ὁ Χα[ιρ]ετισμ(ός). Within the circular border are the remains of an invocation. Border of dots.  

ΚΥΡΙΕ.ΟΗ̣.......

Κύριε [β]οή[θει ....]

Reverse

Ascension of the Prophet Elias: Elias is seen frontally, orans,in the chariot with flanking rampant horses; remains of circular inscription within the border. Border of dots.           

Obverse

The Annunciation: the Archangel Gabriel approaches from the left; the Virgin, at right, is standing or possibly seated on a thokos. Remains of a vertical inscription between the two figures: Ο|Χ|̣|.|.|Ε̣|Τ̣Ι̣|Σ|Μ, : ὁ Χα[ιρ]ετισμ(ός). Within the circular border are the remains of an invocation. Border of dots.  

ΚΥΡΙΕ.ΟΗ̣.......

Κύριε [β]οή[θει ....]

Reverse

Ascension of the Prophet Elias: Elias is seen frontally, orans,in the chariot with flanking rampant horses; remains of circular inscription within the border. Border of dots.           

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1861
Diameter 27.0 mm; field: 20.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, 2.5.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει ....

Lord, help ...

Commentary

The depiction of the Ascension of the Prophet Elias is rare for sphragistic iconography. Two similar examples, both from the eleventh century, are known from published collections: Schlumberger, “Sceaux byzantins inédits,” no. 112 and Stavrakos, Familiennamen, no. 20. Our seal’s image recalls a similar presentation of the Ascension of the Prophet Elias among the eleventh-century frescoes of the north-west chapel in the katholikonof Hosios Loukas: see Chatzidakis, Hosios Loukas, 59, fig. 55.