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John kouropalates (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription in two lines. Border of dots.

..ρα
..σι

Σφράγισμα Ἰωάννῃ

Reverse

Inscription in three lines. No visible border.

κου.
οπα.
ατη

κουροπαλάτῃ

Obverse

Inscription in two lines. Border of dots.

..ρα
..σι

Σφράγισμα Ἰωάννῃ

Reverse

Inscription in three lines. No visible border.

κου.
οπα.
ατη

κουροπαλάτῃ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.511
Diameter 18.0 mm

Translation

Σφράγισμα Ἰωάννῃ κουροπαλάτῃ.

Seal of John kouropalates.

Commentary

Per Laurent's suggestion in his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection, the reading of σφράγισμα as opposed to σφράγις on the reverse can be determined not by any discernible abbreviation mark, but by the necessities of the dodecasyllable on this metrical seal.