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John Promountenos vestes, judge of the Velum, grand chartoularios of the genikon, and grand kourator τῶν Ἐλευθερίου (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1226
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 24.2.

Obverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕ
ΟΗΘΕΙ
Ι̅ΕΣΤ.
ΚΡΙΤ,ΤΟΥ
ΗΛΟΥ
ΧΤΛ

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει Ἰω(άννῃ) βέστῃ, κριτ(ῇ) τοῦ βήλου, μ(ε)γ(άλῳ) χ(αρ)τ(ου)λ(αρίῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

.ΓΕΝΙ
ΚϗΚ
.ΑΤΟΡΤΝ
ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡ,
ΤΠΡΟΜ
ΤΗΝ

[τ]οῦ γενικοῦ, (καὶ) μ(ε)γ(άλῳ) κου[ρ]άτορ(ι) τῶν Ἐλευθερ(ίου) τῷ Προμ[ουν]τηνῷ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ βέστῃ, κριτῇ τοῦ βήλου, μεγάλῳ χαρτουλαρίῳ τοῦ γενικοῦ, καὶ μεγάλῳ κουράτορι τῶν Ἐλευθερίου τῷ Προμουντηνῷ.

Mother of God, help John Promountenos vestes, judge of the Velum, grand chartoularios of the genikon, and grand kourator of the foundations of the Eleutherion.

Commentary

We can be certain that the seal was issued by a John Promountenos (or Promoundenos) in the capacity of judge of the Velum and grand kourator τῶν Ἐλευθερίου. Two lines are problematic: line 6 of the inscription on the obverse and line 1 of the inscription on the reverse. In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw Collection, Laurent proposed that these lines be restored as μεγάλῳ οἰκονόμῳ Εὐγενίου. But it is clear that the initial letter on line 6 involves one composed of slanting lines (Χ, Λ, Δ), thus ruling out the title of oikonomos. The letters -ΓΕΝΙ can be seen quite clearly and are accommodated quite neatly in our reading "chartoularious tou genikou."

We note that BZS.1955.1.3273 belongs to a John Promoundenos who, in addition to his titles of mystographos and judge of the Hippodrome and of the Cycladic islands, also occupied the office of grand chartoularios of the genikon logothesion.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1226
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 24.2.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1226
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 24.2.