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Argyros spatharokandidatos (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Faint outline of the bust of a holy figure, likely the Mother of God. No epigraphy or inscription visible. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

αρ
γυρσπα
θαρ,καν
ι

Ἀργυρ(ῷ) σπαθαρ(ο)κανδιδ(άτῳ)

Obverse

Faint outline of the bust of a holy figure, likely the Mother of God. No epigraphy or inscription visible. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

αρ
γυρσπα
θαρ,καν
ι

Ἀργυρ(ῷ) σπαθαρ(ο)κανδιδ(άτῳ)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1537
Diameter 23.0 mm
Previous Editions

Translation

Ἀργυρῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ.

(Lord or Mother of God, help) Argyros, spatharokandidatos.

Commentary

This seal has deteriorated to the point where two very different readings have been given. We follow Oikonomides's transcription made many years ago and stored in the DO files, but we should note here Wassiliou-Seibt’s reading in the second volume of her catalogue of metrical seals: ὁ ἀρχάγγελος σῴζοις Μιχαὴλ λάτρην. In our view this reading cannot be reconciled with the faint remains of the inscription on the reverse.