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Michael metator (tenth/eleventh century?)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

κε
.οηθη̣
τ̣οσ...
Λο

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη το σ[ῷ δού]λο

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

μι
..ηλτ̣.
μιτ̣.
ορ

Μι[χα]ὴλ τῷ μιτά[τ]ορ(ι)

Obverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

κε
.οηθη̣
τ̣οσ...
Λο

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη το σ[ῷ δού]λο

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

μι
..ηλτ̣.
μιτ̣.
ορ

Μι[χα]ὴλ τῷ μιτά[τ]ορ(ι)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3139
Diameter 23.0 mm
Condition Poorly engraved.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη το σῷ δούλο Μιχαὴλ τῷ μιτάτορι.

Lord, help your servant Michael, metator.

Commentary

The poor workmanship and state of preservation shown by this seal make it very difficult to interpret and date. The inscription would offer a rare instance of the office of metator but it is not out of the question that this might also be the owner's family name. The simple formula of the inscription would justify such a reading.