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Manuel Limas, metropolitan of Crete (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.6
Diameter 30 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 36.10.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 623 (listed incorrectly as DO 56.106.6).
Cf. SBS 2 (1990) 145, no. 12; see also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2573.


Bust of the Virgin orans, with the bust of Christ (blessing) before her. On either side the sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


Σφραγὶς Μανουὴλ ποιμένος Κρήτης Λίμα


Σφραγὶς Μανουὴλ ποιμένος Κρήτης Λίμα.

Seal of Manuel Limas, metropolitan of Crete.


Dodecasyllabic. Since, according to the synodikon, two prelates by the name of Manuel sat on the metropolitan throne of Crete some time between the pontificates of John (still alive in 1171) and of Nicholas (who was a contemporary to Alexios III, 1195-1203), one would suppose, together with Laurent, that our seal must have belonged to the second, who saw the need to make the distinction by adding his family name, Limas (a Cretan family: cf. REB 17 [1959] 38).