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Michael chartoularios of the dromos and of Charsianon (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1959
Diameter 36 mm
Field diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 40.5.

Obverse

The Crucifixion with two standing figures, no doubt the Virgin at left and St. John at right. On either side of Christ, depictions of the sun (left) and a crescent moon (right). Inscription: η|σ|τ|.|.-.ω|σ|ι|σ : Ἡ Σταύρωσις. Circular inscription between concentric circles of dots, beginning at five o'clock.

μιχαηλφυλαξεσονστε......

Μιχαὴλ φύλαξε σόν, Σῶτερ ἀνθρώπων?

Reverse

St. Nicholas at left and St. Menas at right, standing, facing; each raises a hand toward a medallion of Christ (or the Virgin?) in the center of the upper field. Vertical inscription at left: |νι|κο|λ|α|ο|σ: Ὁ ἅγιος Νικόλαος. Vertical inscription, beginning in the center and continuing at right: ||ν|α|σ|οκαλ|λικε|λ|α|δ|ο|σ: Ὁ ἅγιος Μηνᾶς ὁ Καλλικέλαδος. Circular inscription between concentric circles of dots, beginning at five o'clock:

χαρτ..λαριδρ.μου-καιχαρσιανου

χαρτουλαρίῳ δρόμου καὶ Χαρσιάνου

Translation

Μιχαὴλ φύλαξε σόν, Σῶτερ ἀνθρώπων, χαρτουλαρίῳ δρόμου καὶ Χαρσιάνου.

Saviour of mankind, protect your servant Michael, chartoularios of the dromos and Charsianon.

Commentary

Two twelve-syllable verses, in the second of which it is necessary to displace the accent of Χαρσιανοῦ. Note that the engraver seems to have started the circular inscription at the top (as usual) but with the second half of each verse. Thus the inscriptions, most unusually as we read them, begin at five o’clock.

The iconography of the reverse is rare and has rightly been related with the family of patriarch Michael Keroularios, as it appears on seals that belonged to one of his nephews, Constantine. See Seyrig, no. 96 (cf. Zacos, Seals II, no. 404). The owner of the present seal cannot be the other nephew, who was named Nikephoros, but could well be identical to Michael, logothete of the sekreta (1090-1109) whose affiliation to the Keroularios family has already been suggested (Skoulatos, Personnages, 208-209).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1959
Diameter 36 mm
Field diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 40.5.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1959
Diameter 36 mm
Field diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 40.5.

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