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Michael (?) Pothos (thirteenth/fourteenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.816

Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 684.

Details

Diameter:
26 mm

Obverse

Michael (?) Pothos (thirteenth/fourteenth century)

Bust of St. Michael holding the scepter in his right hand. Indeterminate border. Inscription preserved only on right: Χ|Ι: ἅγιος Μιχαήλ.

Reverse

Michael (?) Pothos (thirteenth/fourteenth century)

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

ΕΓ
ΤΟΟΘ.
ΙΧΗΛ
.ΕΣΦΡ
ΓΙ

Ἐγὼ το πόθ Μιχαὴλ σε σφραγίζω

 

 

 

 

 

 

Translation

Ἐγὼ το πόθῳ Μιχαὴλ σε σφραγίζω.

With longing for you, Michael, I place you on my seal. / I inscribe you, Michael, on the seal for Pothos. / I seal you (i.e. the seal) for Michael Pothos.

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Commentary

The inscription can be taken in three ways, depending on whether the owner, the saint, or the seal is speaking. If we take πόθος ("longing") as a noun, the inscription proclaims the owner's veneration of the saint shown on the obverse. In this case, the seal would be anonymous. If, however, Pothos is a name (as we think it is), the inscription could be addressed to the archangel Michael, or it could equally be a statement that the seal has been inscribed on behalf of Michael Pothos.

 

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