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Anonymous (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

St Nicholas standing, blessing with his right hand and holding a gospel book in his left. Inscription in two columns: Ο|Α|ΓΙ|Ο|ΣΝ|Ι|ΚΟΛ|Α|Ο̣|Σ̣ : ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. Border of dots. A hole through the upper area of the field indicates that the specimen was once suspended by a different means subsequent to its original channel and cord.

           

Reverse

Standing image of Saint George Tropaiophoros in military costume, holding a lance in his right hand and supporting a shield on the ground with his left. Inscription in two columns: |ΓΕ|Ρ|ΓΙ|Ο,.|..Ο|ΠΑΙ|Ο̣,|ΡΟ, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώργιο(ς) [ὁ Τρ]οπαιοφ(ό)ρο(ς). Border of dots.

Obverse

St Nicholas standing, blessing with his right hand and holding a gospel book in his left. Inscription in two columns: Ο|Α|ΓΙ|Ο|ΣΝ|Ι|ΚΟΛ|Α|Ο̣|Σ̣ : ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. Border of dots. A hole through the upper area of the field indicates that the specimen was once suspended by a different means subsequent to its original channel and cord.

           

Reverse

Standing image of Saint George Tropaiophoros in military costume, holding a lance in his right hand and supporting a shield on the ground with his left. Inscription in two columns: |ΓΕ|Ρ|ΓΙ|Ο,.|..Ο|ΠΑΙ|Ο̣,|ΡΟ, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώργιο(ς) [ὁ Τρ]οπαιοφ(ό)ρο(ς). Border of dots.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3647
Diameter 27.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, 15.26.

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

Commentary

On published seals, George is rarely provided an epithet. There is only one other published seal of Saint George Tropaiophoros (Trophy Bearer or Victorious): DOSeals 3, no. 99.12, which is assigned to the eleventh century.