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Anonymous (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

The Virgin orans with a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: Μ̅̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Indeterminate border.

Reverse

The Archangel Gabriel, his garments obscured, holding a scepter, decorated with a row of pellets, in his right hand; his left hand is effaced. Inscription in two columns : Α|Γ|.Ρ|Ι|Η̣Λ : Ἀ(ρχάγγελος) Γα[β]ριὴλ. Border of dots.

Obverse

The Virgin orans with a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: Μ̅̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Indeterminate border.

Reverse

The Archangel Gabriel, his garments obscured, holding a scepter, decorated with a row of pellets, in his right hand; his left hand is effaced. Inscription in two columns : Α|Γ|.Ρ|Ι|Η̣Λ : Ἀ(ρχάγγελος) Γα[β]ριὴλ. Border of dots.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4362
Diameter 16.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 7, no. 10.48.

Commentary

It is rare for the Archangel Gabriel to appear alone on either the obverse or reverse of a seal. Usually he is depicted in scenes of the Annunciation or he is paired with the Archangel Michael, who is one of the most popular saintly figures on seals. Among the major published collections, the Archangel Gabriel appearing alone on one side of a seal is found on just six specimens, all belonging to the eleventh century.