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Leo Xeros (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

The manus Dei in the form of a blessing. Beneath a cross, an inscription: |ΧΗΡΚΥ̅: χηρ Κ(υρίο)υ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

ΣΦΡΑ
ΓΙΣΗΡ
ΛΕΟΝ
ΤΟΣ

σφραγὶς Ξηροῦ Λέοντος

Obverse

The manus Dei in the form of a blessing. Beneath a cross, an inscription: |ΧΗΡΚΥ̅: χηρ Κ(υρίο)υ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

ΣΦΡΑ
ΓΙΣΗΡ
ΛΕΟΝ
ΤΟΣ

σφραγὶς Ξηροῦ Λέοντος

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3445
Diameter 19.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2691.

Translation

σφραγὶς Ξηροῦ Λέοντος.

Seal of Leo Xeros.

Commentary

Note the unusual presentation of the manus Dei on the obverse of the seal.

The inscription forms the first hemistich (seven syllables) of a metrical inscription.