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Μichael Stryphnos, megas doux (1195-1203)

 
 

Obverse

Partially preserved image of St. Hyakinthos about to swing an axe. No sigla visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, a cross above. Only the initial letters of each line are preserved.


κο
γλμ
γρω
υγου
ησ
θεο

Δουκὸ[ς με]γάλου Μ[ιχαὴλ] γραφῶ[ν κῦρος] αὐγου[σταδέλ]φης [συζύγου] Θεο[δώρας]

Obverse

Partially preserved image of St. Hyakinthos about to swing an axe. No sigla visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, a cross above. Only the initial letters of each line are preserved.


κο
γλμ
γρω
υγου
ησ
θεο

Δουκὸ[ς με]γάλου Μ[ιχαὴλ] γραφῶ[ν κῦρος] αὐγου[σταδέλ]φης [συζύγου] Θεο[δώρας]

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.538
Diameter 45.0 mm
Condition Broken; half preserved.
Previous Editions

Cf. Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 126; Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 658.

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

Translation

Δουκὸς μεγάλου Μιχαὴλ γραφῶν κῦρος αὐγουσταδέλφης συζύγου Θεοδώρας.

The authorisation of the letters of the grand doux Michael, husband of Theodora, sister of the empress.

Commentary

See the comments on the parallel BZS 1947.2.1092.

Bibliography

  • A Collection of Dated Byzantine Lead Seals (Open in Zotero)
  • Corpus der byzantinischen Siegel mit metrischen Legenden, Vol. 1, Siegellegenden von Alpha bis inclusive My (Open in Zotero)