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Michael deacon (and nephew of the archbishop) of Anchialos (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans with the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, cross above and below. Border of dots.


θκ̅ε̅οη
.ητσ
.μιχαηλευ
.ελιακο
.ττ
αγχιαλ

Θ(εοτό)κε βοή[θ]η τῷ σῷ δού[λ]ῳ Μιχαὴλ εὐ[τ]ελεῖ διακόνῳ τῷ τοῦ Ἀγχιάλου

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans with the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, cross above and below. Border of dots.


θκ̅ε̅οη
.ητσ
.μιχαηλευ
.ελιακο
.ττ
αγχιαλ

Θ(εοτό)κε βοή[θ]η τῷ σῷ δού[λ]ῳ Μιχαὴλ εὐ[τ]ελεῖ διακόνῳ τῷ τοῦ Ἀγχιάλου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1359
Diameter 31.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 96.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1046.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μιχαὴλ εὐτελεῖ διακόνῳ τῷ τοῦ Ἀγχιάλου.

Mother of God, help your servant the lowly deacon Michael, nephew of (the archbishop) of Anchialos.

Commentary

The third visible letter on the fourth line is an episilon-iota ligature.

In his review of Laurent's Corpus des sceaux (BZ 61 [1968]: 129), Grumel reasonably suggested that this deacon might be the future patriarch Michael III (1170–1178).