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Anonymous (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

St John the Baptist, holding a cross-staff in his right hand, his left hand is indistinct. Inscription in one column at right: |Ι|Ο|: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Πρ(όδρομος). Border of dots.

Reverse

St John Chrysostom holding a small cross in his right hand and a gospel book in his left. Inscription in two columns: |Ι|Ο̣̣|Υ̣Σ̣|Ο|̣: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Χρυσόστω(μος). Border of dots.

Obverse

St John the Baptist, holding a cross-staff in his right hand, his left hand is indistinct. Inscription in one column at right: |Ι|Ο|: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Πρ(όδρομος). Border of dots.

Reverse

St John Chrysostom holding a small cross in his right hand and a gospel book in his left. Inscription in two columns: |Ι|Ο̣̣|Υ̣Σ̣|Ο|̣: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Χρυσόστω(μος). Border of dots.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3515
Diameter 16.0 mm; field: 11.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 13.13.

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

Commentary

As a saint who endured exile, and therefore a confessor of the faith, Saint John Chrysostom is depicted holding the small cross, an attribute of martyrs and confessors.