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Manuel (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Buts of the Virgin praying with medallion. Inscription : ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Partially preserved inscription along the upper circumference : ΗΑΥ̣. :ἡ Ἀβυ[σσινή]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, beginning with a cross. Linear border. 

ΣΚΕ
ΠΟΙΣΜΑ
ΝΗΛΕΜ
Μ̣Α̣ΝΗΛ
ΠΥΛ̣Η̣

σκέποις Μανουὴλ, Ἐμμανουὴλ [ὴ] πύλη

Obverse

Buts of the Virgin praying with medallion. Inscription : ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Partially preserved inscription along the upper circumference : ΗΑΥ̣. :ἡ Ἀβυ[σσινή]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, beginning with a cross. Linear border. 

ΣΚΕ
ΠΟΙΣΜΑ
ΝΗΛΕΜ
Μ̣Α̣ΝΗΛ
ΠΥΛ̣Η̣

σκέποις Μανουὴλ, Ἐμμανουὴλ [ὴ] πύλη

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4808
Diameter 21.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2041.

Translation

σκέποις Μανουὴλ, Ἐμμανουὴλ ἡ πύλη.

Emmanuel, the gateway, may you protect Manuel.

Commentary

The appellation "Emmanuel the gateway" refers to the Incarnation of Christ. Note the rare epithet ἡ Ἀβυσσινή ("boundless") accompanying the image of the Mother of God on the obverse.

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