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Anonymous (thirteenth/fourteenth century)

 
 

Obverse

St Nicholas holding a gospel book. Inscription in two columns: ̣||Κ|ΛΑ̣|Ο|Σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικ(ό)λαος. Border of dots. 

Reverse

St Theodore in military costume, holding a lance in his right hand and a rectangular shield, decorated with a cross, in his left. Inscription in two columns: ̣|Θ||Ο||ΡΟ̣ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδωρο(ς). indeterminate border.

Obverse

St Nicholas holding a gospel book. Inscription in two columns: ̣||Κ|ΛΑ̣|Ο|Σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικ(ό)λαος. Border of dots. 

Reverse

St Theodore in military costume, holding a lance in his right hand and a rectangular shield, decorated with a cross, in his left. Inscription in two columns: ̣|Θ||Ο||ΡΟ̣ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδωρο(ς). indeterminate border.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3558
Diameter 16.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, 15.51.

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

Commentary

A cross on the shields of military saints depicted on seals can be found on several thirteenth-century examples: Seibt-Zarnitz, Kunstwerk no. 3.3.4 and Genève, nos. 319 and 365.

The use of the symbol or letter-form  for the I in Nicholas’ name is curious and may reflect an error on the part of the engraver.