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Anonymous (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Half length portrait of Christ, blessing with his outstretched right hand and holding a gospel book in his left. Sigla: Ι̅Χ̅ : Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.

Reverse

The Archangel Michael, standing, wearing the imperial loros, holding a scepter with a trefoil ornamental top in his right hand while his left hand is raised in prayer. Sigla: Χ|Χ| : Ἀ(ρ)χ(άγγελος) Μ(ι)χ(αήλ).

Obverse

Half length portrait of Christ, blessing with his outstretched right hand and holding a gospel book in his left. Sigla: Ι̅Χ̅ : Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.

Reverse

The Archangel Michael, standing, wearing the imperial loros, holding a scepter with a trefoil ornamental top in his right hand while his left hand is raised in prayer. Sigla: Χ|Χ| : Ἀ(ρ)χ(άγγελος) Μ(ι)χ(αήλ).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3404
Diameter 20.0 mm; field: 17.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 1.21.

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

Commentary

It is unusual for the Archangel Michael not to hold a globe in his right hand when he is dressed in the loros and holding a scepter in his right.