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Anonymous (twelfth/thirteenth century)

 
 

Obverse

St Prokopios standing, in military costume, holding a lance (only partially visible) in his right hand and supporting a shield (not visible) on the ground with his left. Inscription in two columns (only right survives): Π|ΡΟ|ΚΟ̣|ΠΙ|Ο|Σ̣ : [ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Προκόπιος. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

St Gregory the Theologian (the epithet is legible from the published parallel piece) standing, blessing with his right hand and holding a gospel book in his left. Inscription in two columns: |ΓΡΙ|ΓΟ|ΡΙ|Ο̣.|..|..|.Ο|Σ̣ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γριγόριο(ς) [ὁ Θεολόγ]ος. Indeterminate border.   

Obverse

St Prokopios standing, in military costume, holding a lance (only partially visible) in his right hand and supporting a shield (not visible) on the ground with his left. Inscription in two columns (only right survives): Π|ΡΟ|ΚΟ̣|ΠΙ|Ο|Σ̣ : [ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Προκόπιος. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

St Gregory the Theologian (the epithet is legible from the published parallel piece) standing, blessing with his right hand and holding a gospel book in his left. Inscription in two columns: |ΓΡΙ|ΓΟ|ΡΙ|Ο̣.|..|..|.Ο|Σ̣ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γριγόριο(ς) [ὁ Θεολόγ]ος. Indeterminate border.   

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3556
Diameter 14.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, 15.50.

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

Commentary

The image of Saint Gregory the Theologian is not as often found on seals as other saintly hierarchs such as Nicholas, John Chrysostom or Basil. Among the published collections there are 52 examples of images representing Saint Gregory, among which 14 are identified as the Theologian, 19 as the Thaumatourgos and one as of Nyssa.

Parallel Seals: Jordanov, Bulgaria 3, no. 2555.