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Stephanos (metropolitan) of Kyzikos (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

The Virgin seated on a throne (indistinct) holding Christ on her lap; his right hand is raised in blessing. On either side the sigla (barely visible): ΘY: Μήτ(ηρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Ο
ΚΥΖΙΚ
ΕΦΑΝΟΣ

ΣΠΔΗΜΕ
ΓΡΑΦΙ

Ὁ Κυζίκου Στέφανος σπουδῇ με γράφι

Obverse

The Virgin seated on a throne (indistinct) holding Christ on her lap; his right hand is raised in blessing. On either side the sigla (barely visible): ΘY: Μήτ(ηρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

Ο
ΚΥΖΙΚ
ΕΦΑΝΟΣ

ΣΠΔΗΜΕ
ΓΡΑΦΙ

Ὁ Κυζίκου Στέφανος σπουδῇ με γράφι

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1211
Diameter 21.0 mm; field: 18.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 53.9; Laurent, Corpus, V/1, no. 357. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1557 (reading the placename as Lizikos).

Translation

Ὁ Κυζίκου Στέφανος σπουδῇ με γράφι.

The (metropolitan) of Kyzikos, Stephen, has had me inscribed with care.

Commentary

Dodecasyllabic. We disagree with the thirteenth-century date proposed by Laurent; on the basis of the epigraphy, we place this specimen a century earlier (note the endings of the oblique bars of Κ and the ligature on line 4).