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John (Doukas), caesar (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.373
Diameter 22 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 2683d.

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God, nimbate, holding before her the medallion of the Christ child. Sigla to both sides: ̄θῡ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Circular inscription within border of dots.

ΘΚΕΟΗ...ΤΣΟΥΛ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Bust of the caesar John Doukas, with pointed beard, wearing a jeweled crown surmounted by a cross, a divitision, and a chlamys fastened at the right shoulder, and holding a cross in his right hand. Circular inscription within border of dots.

.ΤΕΥΤΥΧΕΣΤΑΤ,ΚΑΙΣΑΡ,

ωάννῃ τῷ εὐτυχεστάτ καίσαρι

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ τῷ εὐτυχεστάτῳ καίσαρι.

Theotokos, help your servant John, the most fortunate caesar.

Commentary

Zacos attributes this seal and its parallels to John Doukas, the famous caesar and brother of Constantine X. These seals are remarkable for their depictions of the owner himself on the reverse. Zacos dates these seals to the period from 1060, when John became Caesar upon the accession of Constantine X, to 1071, when he became basileopator (BZS.1955.1.3008).

Accession number BZS.1947.2.373
Diameter 22 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 2683d.

Bibliography

Accession number BZS.1947.2.373
Diameter 22 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 2683d.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.373
Diameter 22 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Zacos-Veglery, no. 2683d.