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Anonymous (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Remnants of a Deesis scene. At the left, a standing figure of St Basil holding a gospel book in his right hand and with his left hand raised in prayer; in the center, Christ standing on a suppedion, blessing with his right hand and holding a gospel book in his left. Sigla at left of Christ’s head: Ι̅. : Ἰ(ησοῦ)[ς] [Χ(ριστὸ)ς]. Inscription flanking St Basil: Ο||Γ||Ι|Ο̣|Σ|̣|Α̣|.Λ|Ε̣Ι̣|Ο̣Σ : ὁ ἅγιος Βα[σ](ί)λειος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Remnants of an Annunciation scene. The Virgin, standing on a suppedion before a thokos, holds before her the spindle with the purple thread, a fragment of the angel's gesturing hand is visible to the left of the Virgin's nimbus. Sigla preserved at right: .Υ̣ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] [Θ](εο)ῦ. Inscription to the right of the Virgin, above the thokos: Ο̣|Χ̣Ρ̣,|ΤΙ̣|ΜΟ : ὁ Χερ(ε)τιςμὸ(ς).

Obverse

Remnants of a Deesis scene. At the left, a standing figure of St Basil holding a gospel book in his right hand and with his left hand raised in prayer; in the center, Christ standing on a suppedion, blessing with his right hand and holding a gospel book in his left. Sigla at left of Christ’s head: Ι̅. : Ἰ(ησοῦ)[ς] [Χ(ριστὸ)ς]. Inscription flanking St Basil: Ο||Γ||Ι|Ο̣|Σ|̣|Α̣|.Λ|Ε̣Ι̣|Ο̣Σ : ὁ ἅγιος Βα[σ](ί)λειος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Remnants of an Annunciation scene. The Virgin, standing on a suppedion before a thokos, holds before her the spindle with the purple thread, a fragment of the angel's gesturing hand is visible to the left of the Virgin's nimbus. Sigla preserved at right: .Υ̣ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] [Θ](εο)ῦ. Inscription to the right of the Virgin, above the thokos: Ο̣|Χ̣Ρ̣,|ΤΙ̣|ΜΟ : ὁ Χερ(ε)τιςμὸ(ς).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3402
Diameter 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 1.24. 

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

Commentary

The depiction of the Virgin and the elongated legs of the thokos are very close to those found on the seal issued by Euphrosyne Doukaina, the wife of Alexios Komnenos Angelos, sometime before 1185: Zacos-Veglery, BLS, 1:3, no. 2744.