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Anonymous (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

The Virgin orans with a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: Μ̣̅Θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(έου). Border of dots.

Reverse

St Mark, his right hand is indistinct while he holds a gospel book in his left. Inscription in two columns: .||Ρ – Κ̣|o: [ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Μάρκο(ς). Border of dots. 

Obverse

The Virgin orans with a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: Μ̣̅Θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(έου). Border of dots.

Reverse

St Mark, his right hand is indistinct while he holds a gospel book in his left. Inscription in two columns: .||Ρ – Κ̣|o: [ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Μάρκο(ς). Border of dots. 

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3562
Diameter 17.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 10.102.

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

Commentary

Saint Mark is not often found on seals. The 30 examples of Mark found among the major published collections of seals belong to the eleventh century and 26 of these belong to members of the Xeros family. For a discussion of these seals with Mark’s image, see Oikomomides, “The Usual Lead Seal,” 153-157 and Caseau, “Saint Mark,” 81-109.