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Anonymous (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of an uncertain hierarch, blessing with his right hand; his left hand is not visible (the right side of the seal is broken) but would most likely be holding a gospel book. This is a rare example (likely an engraver's error) where the abbreviation sign for “Saint” () appears with the epithet “Saint” (Hagios). The figure could be the hierarch St Nicholas since it bears the saint’s usual portrait type. Inscription in two columns (only the left survives): |Α|ΓΙ|Ο, : ὁ ἅγιο(ς). Border of dots.

Reverse

Patriarchal cross surmounted on a globe and three steps, an X is at the intersection of the lower arm, tendrils springing from the base. Border of dots.

Obverse

Bust of an uncertain hierarch, blessing with his right hand; his left hand is not visible (the right side of the seal is broken) but would most likely be holding a gospel book. This is a rare example (likely an engraver's error) where the abbreviation sign for “Saint” () appears with the epithet “Saint” (Hagios). The figure could be the hierarch St Nicholas since it bears the saint’s usual portrait type. Inscription in two columns (only the left survives): |Α|ΓΙ|Ο, : ὁ ἅγιο(ς). Border of dots.

Reverse

Patriarchal cross surmounted on a globe and three steps, an X is at the intersection of the lower arm, tendrils springing from the base. Border of dots.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3411
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 18.3.

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