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Anonymous (tenth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding a medallion of Christ before her; possibly the “Tongues of Fire” appear above the sigla: ̅Θ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Bust of St Nicholas, with his right hand blessing and his left hand holding a gospel book. Inscription in two columns: .|Α̣|Γ̣|Η|Κ|Ο|Λ : [ὁ] ἅγ(ιος) Νηκόλ(αος). Indeterminate border.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding a medallion of Christ before her; possibly the “Tongues of Fire” appear above the sigla: ̅Θ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Bust of St Nicholas, with his right hand blessing and his left hand holding a gospel book. Inscription in two columns: .|Α̣|Γ̣|Η|Κ|Ο|Λ : [ὁ] ἅγ(ιος) Νηκόλ(αος). Indeterminate border.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3370
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 9.1.

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Commentary

For a discussion of the “Tongues of Fire” appearing over Marian sigla on seals see no. 4.5, above.