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Leo (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with the medallion of Christ before her. Inscription : Μ̅Θ̅Υ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, beginning with a cross. 

ΣΦΡΑΓ,
ΛΕΟΝΤΟΣ
ΟΙΚΕΤΣ
ΠΑΡΘΕΝ
Ε

σφραγ(ὶς) Λέοντος οἰκέτου σου, παρθένε

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with the medallion of Christ before her. Inscription : Μ̅Θ̅Υ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, beginning with a cross. 

ΣΦΡΑΓ,
ΛΕΟΝΤΟΣ
ΟΙΚΕΤΣ
ΠΑΡΘΕΝ
Ε

σφραγ(ὶς) Λέοντος οἰκέτου σου, παρθένε

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1049
Diameter 19.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

σφραγὶς Λέοντος οἰκέτου σου, παρθένε.

Virgin, be the seal of your servant Leo.

Commentary

A twelve-syllable inscription that should be added to the entry in Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2536.