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John XIV Kalekas, patriach of Constantinople (1334–47)

Accession Number:
BZS.1947.2.4 (formerly DO 47.2.4)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 130.1; mentioned by Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 37; Zacos, Seals 2: 44a and 44b.

Details

Diameter:
35 mm
Weight:
26.20 g
Condition:
Half of seal is missing. Double struck

Obverse

John XIV Kalekas, patriach of Constantinople (1334–47)

The Mother of God, seated on a high-back throne, holding Christ on her knees. At right, siglum ΘV: [Μή(τη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

John XIV Kalekas, patriach of Constantinople (1334–47)

Partial inscription of eight lines, the bottom three obliterated. Indeterminate border.

John XIV Kalekas, patriach of Constantinople (1334–47)

[Ἰ]ωά[ν]νης ἐλέ[ῳ Θ(εο)ῦ] ἀρχιεπίσ[κοπος] Κωνστα[ντινου]πόλεω[ς Νέας Ῥώμης καὶ οἰκουμενικὸς πατριάρχης].

Translation

Ἰωάννης ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Κωνσταντινουπόλεως Νέας Ῥώμης καὶ οἰκουμενικὸς πατριάρχης.

John, by the grace of God, archbishop of Constantinople, the New Rome, and ecumenical patriarch.

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Commentary

 

This entry follows Nesbitt's suggestion (DO Seals 6 no. 130.1) in ascribing this specimen to John XIV Kalekas. The layout of the visible letters on the left side of the reverse match the illustrations in Zacos, Seals 2, in particular the reading of NHCEΛ on the second line.

 

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