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Constantine Komnenos Laskaris (twelfth century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1176
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Broken; half missing. The inscription has been restored with reference to the parallels cited in Wassiliou-Seibt's entry in her catalogue.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2027.

Obverse

St George standing, holding a spear and shield. To the side, the epithet Diasorites inscribed in column: Ο|Ι|ΣΟ|ΡΙ|ΤΗ|Σ: [ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώργιος] ὁ Διασορίτης. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines (likely a cross above). Border of dots.

ΣΚΕ
ΚΟ
ΣΚΡ
ΝΤ
ΚΙΓΡ̣
Ρ
Τ

σκέ[ποις] Κομν[ηνὸν Λά]σκαρ[ιν Κων]σταντ[ῖνον οὗ] καὶ γρ[αφὰς σ]φρά[γιζε, μαρ]τύ[ρων κλέος]

Translation

σκέποις Κομνηνὸν Λάσκαριν Κωνσταντῖνον οὗ καὶ γραφὰς σφράγιζε, μαρτύρων κλέος.

May you, glory of the martyrs, protect Constantine Komnenos Laskaris, and seal his letters.

Commentary

The owner of this seal is the brother of the emperor of Nicaea, Theodore I Laskaris (1205-1222); Constantine Laskaris had been proclaimed emperor in Constantinople on April 12/13, 1204, but had to flee when he could not gather the support necessary to resist the Latins. This seal should be dated to an earlier stage of his career, before 1203.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1176
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Broken; half missing. The inscription has been restored with reference to the parallels cited in Wassiliou-Seibt's entry in her catalogue.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2027.