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Anonymous (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Half-length of the Archangel Michael holding the sceptre and globus cruciger. Sigla preserved at right: χ : [Μ(ι)]χ(αήλ). Border of dots.

Reverse

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

  
ρστρ
ηγεθυ̅
Χυ,μοι
ι

[ἀ]ρ(χι)στρά[τ]ηγε Θ(εο)ῦ, [ἰσ]χύ(ν) μοι [δ]ίδου

Obverse

Half-length of the Archangel Michael holding the sceptre and globus cruciger. Sigla preserved at right: χ : [Μ(ι)]χ(αήλ). Border of dots.

Reverse

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

  
ρστρ
ηγεθυ̅
Χυ,μοι
ι

[ἀ]ρ(χι)στρά[τ]ηγε Θ(εο)ῦ, [ἰσ]χύ(ν) μοι [δ]ίδου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2458
Diameter 22.0 mm; field: 14.0 mm
Condition Partially flattened on the reverse.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

ἀρχιστράτηγε Θεοῦ, ἰσχύν μοι δίδου.

Commander of the Lord, give me strength.

Commentary

It is possible that the owner's name was Michael.

This metrical inscription should be added to the collection assembled by Wassiliou-Seibt, Corpus der byzantinischen Siegel met metrischen Legenden.