Creator

Creation Date

6th-8th century

Geography

Eastern Mediterranean

Culture

Byzantine

Medium

lead

Credit Line

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

Accession Number

2020.116

Creator Biography

Creator Unknown, Byzantine

Description

The obverse of this lead seal features a small bust of a saint, perhaps St. Demetrios, accompanied by the invocation, "Theotokos help." The reverse identifies the official who issued this seal. The proper name is not entirely clear, but appears to read "George". His title is "apo eparchon," which was in use primarily between the 6th and 8th centuries.

Provenance

Purchased from Tetragon in London in 1994.

Collection

The Byzantine World

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