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Anonymous (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God holding the Child in her left arm. Sigla at left: μ̅|θυ̅ : Μ(ητήρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, presumably beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

Ο..
ΟΣΕΙΜ̣Ι̣
Ι̣ΣΦΡ̣Αγ
ΤΝ̣ΓΡ̣Α
ΜΑΤ̣

ὁδ[ηγ]ός εἰμὶ ἱ σφραγ(ὶς) τῶν γραμάτων

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God holding the Child in her left arm. Sigla at left: μ̅|θυ̅ : Μ(ητήρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, presumably beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

Ο..
ΟΣΕΙΜ̣Ι̣
Ι̣ΣΦΡ̣Αγ
ΤΝ̣ΓΡ̣Α
ΜΑΤ̣

ὁδ[ηγ]ός εἰμὶ ἱ σφραγ(ὶς) τῶν γραμάτων

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1182
Diameter 15.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

ὁδηγός εἰμὶ ἱ σφραγ(ὶς) τῶν γραμάτων.

I am the guide, the letter's seal.

Commentary

The inscription forms a twelve-syllable verse.