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Michael metropolitan of Karia (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1103
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Only one-half preserved.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 66.4.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 516 (different restitution). Cf. a parallel specimen, found at Aphrodisias (the specimen has a silver wash), has been published by Nesbitt, "Seals from Aphrodisias," 161, no. 3.

Obverse

Bust of St. Michael holding a scepter. Part of a circular inscription visible, beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΤΞΙΡΧ

Ταξιάρχα βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription of five lines preceded and followed by rows of pellets. Border of dots.


..Σ,
...ΑΗΛΕΛ
...ΥΜΗΤΡ
...ΛΙΤΗ
...ΙΣ

τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μιχαὴλ ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ μητροπολίτῃ Καρίας

Translation

Ταξιάρχα βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μιχαὴλ ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ μητροπολίτῃ Καρίας.

Commander of the heavenly host, help your servant Michael, by the mercy of God metropolitan of Karia.

Commentary

Karia was the name of the southwestern part of Asia Minor, a Roman province (ODB I, 381); it survives also in the Turkish placename Geyre, the village next to the ruins of ancient Aphrodisias, obviously because this was the name of the village before the arrival of the Turks.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1103
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Only one-half preserved.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 66.4.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 516 (different restitution). Cf. a parallel specimen, found at Aphrodisias (the specimen has a silver wash), has been published by Nesbitt, "Seals from Aphrodisias," 161, no. 3.

Bibliography

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1103
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Only one-half preserved.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 66.4.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 516 (different restitution). Cf. a parallel specimen, found at Aphrodisias (the specimen has a silver wash), has been published by Nesbitt, "Seals from Aphrodisias," 161, no. 3.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1103
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Only one-half preserved.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 66.4.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 516 (different restitution). Cf. a parallel specimen, found at Aphrodisias (the specimen has a silver wash), has been published by Nesbitt, "Seals from Aphrodisias," 161, no. 3.

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