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Michael Katakalon, kouropalates (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Mother of God enthroned facing holding medallion. Inscription visible only on right side: Θ̅ : [Μ(ήτηρ)] Θ(εοῦ). Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Indeterminate border.

Κ
ΟΠΑΛΑ
ΗΜΙΚΑ
Κ̣ΑΛΟΝ̣

[Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τ]ῳ κ[ουρ]οπαλά[τ]ῃ Μιχ(αὴλ) Kα[τα]καλόν

Obverse

Mother of God enthroned facing holding medallion. Inscription visible only on right side: Θ̅ : [Μ(ήτηρ)] Θ(εοῦ). Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Indeterminate border.

Κ
ΟΠΑΛΑ
ΗΜΙΚΑ
Κ̣ΑΛΟΝ̣

[Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τ]ῳ κ[ουρ]οπαλά[τ]ῃ Μιχ(αὴλ) Kα[τα]καλόν

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1078
Diameter 21.0 mm
Condition Significantly worn on the top left quadrant of the seal; chips at top and bottom of channel.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῳ κουροπαλάτῃ Μιχαὴλ Kατακαλόν.

Theotokos, help Michael Katakalon, kouropalates.