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Michael Mouzalon (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1529
Diameter 17 mm


Half-length St. Michael, facing, holding the scepter in his right hand and the globus cruciger in his left. Inscription to both sides: Μ|Ι|.|ΑΗ|Λ: Μιχαήλ. Border of dots.


Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.


Τὸν Μουζάωνα Μιχαὴλ σκέποις νόε


Τὸν Μουζάωνα Μιχαὴλ σκέποις νόε.

O intellect, may you protect Michael Mouzalon.


The final Ν in the family name, given by this seal but not by its parallel, is superfluous according to Laurent's interpretation of the family name, in his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection. He thus reads the name as Mouzalon not Mouzalonas, as has been followed here.

The apostrophe to the Archangel, calling him νόε (intellect), is, according to Laurent, a reference to his role as πρώτιστε ταγμάτων νόων, as he is known elsewhere (cf. Laurent, Vatican, no. 186).

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1529
Diameter 17 mm