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Michael (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Archangel Michael, wings outspread, holding a trefoil scepter in his right hand and a globus in his left. Epigraphy on either side: μχ : Μ(ι)χ(αήλ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ομ
νυμον
μεσονσκ,
ποισε
σορ

ὁμώνυμον με σὸν σκ(έ)ποις, ἑωσφόρ(ε)

Obverse

Bust of the Archangel Michael, wings outspread, holding a trefoil scepter in his right hand and a globus in his left. Epigraphy on either side: μχ : Μ(ι)χ(αήλ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ομ
νυμον
μεσονσκ,
ποισε
σορ

ὁμώνυμον με σὸν σκ(έ)ποις, ἑωσφόρ(ε)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3676
Diameter 21.0 mm; field: 17.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1587.

Translation

ὁμώνυμον με σὸν σκέποις, ἑωσφόρε.

Bringer of Light, may you protect me, your servant of the same name.

Commentary

The invocation to the Archangel Michael as ἑωσφόρος (Bringer of Light) is otherwise unattested; it is normally used in reference to Christ or John the Baptist.