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Michael (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (uncertain type). Legible in the top quarters: .ΟΙ. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ οἰκέτῃ σου

Reverse

Inscription in three lines. Indeterminate border.

ΜΙΧΑ
ΛΤΩΣ
ΟΥΛ

Μιχαλ τῷ σῷ δούλ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (uncertain type). Legible in the top quarters: .ΟΙ. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ οἰκέτῃ σου

Reverse

Inscription in three lines. Indeterminate border.

ΜΙΧΑ
ΛΤΩΣ
ΟΥΛ

Μιχαλ τῷ σῷ δούλ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1519
Diameter 25.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ οἰκέτῃ σου Μιχαὴλ τῷ σῷ δούλῳ.

Theotokos, help your servant, Michael, your servant.

Commentary

It is unclear why two different forms of "to your servant" would be put on this seal; it is possible it was a mistake, with the two sides conceived of separately, or it is possible that the roughness of the remaining obverse obscures its true reading.