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Michael (Gabras), protosebastos (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Standing image of St George holding a spear and shield. Traces of the name Γεώργιος are visible at right. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. A cross above. Border of dots.


ΠΡΤΟΝΣΕ
ΣΦΡ
ΓΙΣΙΓΡΦ
ΜΙΧ̣̣Η̣ΛΓ̣.Μ̣Ρ̣Ο̣Ν̣
ΥΤ̣ΝΚ
ΤΟΣ
...ΠΟΤ

πρῶτον σεβαστῶν ἡ σφραγὶς διαγράφει Μιχαὴλ γ[α]μβρὸν αὐτάνακτος [δεσ]πότ(ου)

Obverse

Standing image of St George holding a spear and shield. Traces of the name Γεώργιος are visible at right. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. A cross above. Border of dots.


ΠΡΤΟΝΣΕ
ΣΦΡ
ΓΙΣΙΓΡΦ
ΜΙΧ̣̣Η̣ΛΓ̣.Μ̣Ρ̣Ο̣Ν̣
ΥΤ̣ΝΚ
ΤΟΣ
...ΠΟΤ

πρῶτον σεβαστῶν ἡ σφραγὶς διαγράφει Μιχαὴλ γ[α]μβρὸν αὐτάνακτος [δεσ]πότ(ου)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1094
Diameter 30.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1863b.

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

πρῶτον σεβαστῶν ἡ σφραγὶς διαγράφει Μιχαὴλ γαμβρὸν αὐτάνακτος δεσπότου.

The seal presents the protosebastos Michael, in-law of the reigning emperor.

Commentary

The owner of this seal is most likely to be identified as Michael Gabras; the announcement in the inscription that he is the "in-law" of the reigning emperor aligns with the Michael Gabras who married Eudokia Komnene, the niece of the emperor Manuel I Komnenos, about the year 1162. See Wassiliou-Seibt's commentary to the catalogue entry noted above.