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Paul, metropolitan of Nicaea (eighth/ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4830

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3 no. 59.11.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 1348.

Details

Diameter:
28 mm
Field:
25 mm
Condition:
Broken at channel openings; bent.

Obverse

Paul, metropolitan of Nicaea (eighth/ninth century)

The Virgin standing, holding the Child. On either side, block monograms reading Θεοτόκε and βοήθη. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθη

Reverse

Paul, metropolitan of Nicaea (eighth/ninth century)

In the center, a cruciform monogram reading Παύλῳ. Along the circumference, between the inner circle of dots and outer wreath border, an inscription beginning at 12 o'clock:

+ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛ..ΗΝΙΚΑΙΑΣ

Παύλῳ μητροπολιτῃ Νηκαίας

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθη Παύλῳ μητροπολίτῃ Νικαίας.

Mother of God, help Paul, metropolitan of Nicaea.

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Commentary

Zacos-Veglery dated this specimen to the seventh or eighth century. Granted, the letter forms are archaic and could justify such a date; but we prefer to place it in the years of the iconophile reaction (between 787-815) because of the iconography of the obverse and of the existence of a second border of dots on the reverse.

 

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