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Anonymous (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1269
Diameter 19 mm
Field diameter 16 mm


Bust of St. Michael holding the scepter in his right hand and the globus cruciger. Inscription: ΜΧ : Μιχαήλ. Border of dots.


Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.


ΝΓΕ, ..





Πρωτάνγελος ἐκ τυπῶν τῆς γραφῆς φύλαξ.


Πρωτάνγελος ἐκ τυπῶν τῆς γραφῆς φύλαξ.

Through his image the first among the angels has become the guardian of this letter.


The two characters at the top of the reverse appear to be a cross followed by the usual abbreviation for protos (or "first"), as though the engraver intended to begin the inscription with this but ended up carving protangelos in full on the line below. We therefore indicate the top line in the transcription but do not include it in the metrical formula contained on the seal.