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Anonymous (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

St Theodore, standing, in military costume, holding a lance in his right hand and supporting a shield on the ground with his left; his tunic is almost full length. Inscription in two columns: |Ε|Ο|.Ρ̣|Ο̣Σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδ[ω]ρος. Border of dots.

Reverse

St Demetrios, standing, in military costume, holding a lance in his right hand and supporting a shield on the ground with his left; his tunic is almost full length. Inscription in two columns: .||ΗΜ̣.|ΤΡ̣|Ι̣Ο̣|Σ : [ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Δημ[ή]τριος. Border of dots.

Obverse

St Theodore, standing, in military costume, holding a lance in his right hand and supporting a shield on the ground with his left; his tunic is almost full length. Inscription in two columns: |Ε|Ο|.Ρ̣|Ο̣Σ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδ[ω]ρος. Border of dots.

Reverse

St Demetrios, standing, in military costume, holding a lance in his right hand and supporting a shield on the ground with his left; his tunic is almost full length. Inscription in two columns: .||ΗΜ̣.|ΤΡ̣|Ι̣Ο̣|Σ : [ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Δημ[ή]τριος. Border of dots.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2953
Diameter 33.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 16.67.

Commentary

It is unusual for military saints to be depicted with full-length tunics while accompanied by their military accoutrements of lance and shield. Just few examples are known: Seyrig, no. 297; Jordanov, Bulgaria 3, nos. 1837 and 1912; and Genève, nos. 200 and 201B, all belonging to the second half of the twelfth century.