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Anonymous (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

ΓΡΑ
.ΠΑ̣
.Ι̣̣Α

γρα[φ]ὴν πα[ρ]ιστᾷ 

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

ΚΑΙΓ.
ΝΟΣΜ̣
ΤΥΧ

 καὶ γ[έ]νος μοῦ (καὶ) τύχ(ην)

Obverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

ΓΡΑ
.ΠΑ̣
.Ι̣̣Α

γρα[φ]ὴν πα[ρ]ιστᾷ 

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

ΚΑΙΓ.
ΝΟΣΜ̣
ΤΥΧ

 καὶ γ[έ]νος μοῦ (καὶ) τύχ(ην)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1190
Diameter 16.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

γραφὴν παριστᾷ καὶ γένος μοῦ καὶ τύχην.

(The seal) presents my letter, lineage, and lot in life.

Commentary

The inscription forms a line of twelve-syllable verse which appears to be a variant on a type listed in Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 516. In the inscription here, the word γραφή is given in the accusative case as the object of the verb παριστᾷ, whereas in Wassiliou-Seibt it is in the nominative, acting as the subject of the verb. We assume here that the subject is implied, i.e. the seal itself, presenting the letter, family, and station of the anonymous owner. We translate τύχη here as "lot in life," in other words, the owner's title or office.