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Michael Marachas (twelfth century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1148
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Chipped along the circumference and punctured through the middle.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 541.

Obverse

Inscription of four lines, a cross above. Border of dots


γρφ.
μν..λ̣μ̣
ρχ̣κ̣ι.
..κτε.

γραφῶ[ν] Μαν[ουὴ]λ Μ[α]ραχᾶ καὶ [πρα]κτέων

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

.τιχ
.φργ̣ισου̣
.υπο̣σκο̣
ισμτ̣

[σ]τίχω[ν σ]φραγίς, οὐ [τ]ύπος εἰκο[ν]ισμάτ(ων)

Translation

γραφῶν Μανουὴλ Μαραχᾶ καὶ πρακτέων στίχων σφραγίς, οὐ τύπος εἰκονισμάτων.

A seal with verses, not an engraved image, secures the correspondence and acts of Michael Marachas.

Commentary

The metrical inscription is more easily paraphrased than translated; it means that the owner has used a seal inscribed with verses, rather than one engraved with the image of a holy person, to secure his documents.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1148
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Chipped along the circumference and punctured through the middle.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 541.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1148
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Chipped along the circumference and punctured through the middle.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 541.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1148
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Chipped along the circumference and punctured through the middle.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 541.

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