Creator

Medium

Lead

Dimensions

Diameter: 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Weight: 0.75 oz. (21.1 g)

Credit Line

Bequest of David P. Harris ('46), 2020

Accession Number

2020.116

Description

The obverse of this lead seal features a small bust of a saint, labeled by a Greek inscription, and accompanied by the invocation that identifies the official who issued this seal.

Obverse: The Greek naming inscription is placed to the left and right side of the saint's head:
Ⓐ ΔΗ
Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Δη(μήτριος)
"St. Demetrios"

Obverse: The first two words of the invocational inscription is placed on left and right side of the saint's torso:
[Θ]Ε
[Ο]Τ
ΟΚΕ
ΒΟΗ
ΘΗ
Θεοτόκε βοήθει
"Theotokos, help"

Reverse: The inscription on the reverse continues the invocation on the front, and names the official of this seal:
Γ+[ΕΩ]
ΡΓΙΩΑΠ[Ο]
ΕΠΑΡΧΟΝ[Κ]
ΑΡΧΟΝΤ[Ι]
Γεωργίῳ ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων (καὶ) ἄρχοντ(ι)
"George the apo eparchon and archon."

Provenance

Purchased from Tetragon, London, on October 22, 1994.

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2020.116 - back.jpg (1103 kB)
Reverse view

220.116-scale.JPG (4582 kB)
Scale Comparison

2020.116 - oblique back.jpeg (1403 kB)
Oblique view

2020.116 - oblique.jpeg (1922 kB)
Oblique view

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