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John Pantechnes (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Standing figure of the Mother of God (Hagiosoritissa) turned to her left, her hands raised towards an indistinct image of Christ. Sigla preserved on either side: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Remnants of an inscription on the right: ΣΟ|ΡΙ|ΤΙ|ΣΣΑ: [Ἁγιο]σορίτισσα. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, bottom line missing. Border of dots.

Γ̣...
Π̣ΑΝΑΓΝΕ̣
Π̣ΛΗΜΜΕΛΗ
Μ̣ΑΤΝΛΥΣΙΣ̣
ΣΤΡΣΥΔΙΔ̣
ΠΑΝΤ̣Ε̣Χ̣..
..

γ[ίνου], Πάναγνε, πλημμελημάτων λύσις. Σ(ῶ)τ(ε)ρ, σὺ δίδου Παντεχ[νῇ Ἰω(άννῃ)]

Obverse

Standing figure of the Mother of God (Hagiosoritissa) turned to her left, her hands raised towards an indistinct image of Christ. Sigla preserved on either side: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Remnants of an inscription on the right: ΣΟ|ΡΙ|ΤΙ|ΣΣΑ: [Ἁγιο]σορίτισσα. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, bottom line missing. Border of dots.

Γ̣...
Π̣ΑΝΑΓΝΕ̣
Π̣ΛΗΜΜΕΛΗ
Μ̣ΑΤΝΛΥΣΙΣ̣
ΣΤΡΣΥΔΙΔ̣
ΠΑΝΤ̣Ε̣Χ̣..
..

γ[ίνου], Πάναγνε, πλημμελημάτων λύσις. Σ(ῶ)τ(ε)ρ, σὺ δίδου Παντεχ[νῇ Ἰω(άννῃ)]

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1002
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1750.

Translation

γίνου, Πάναγνε, πλημμελημάτων λύσις. Σῶτερ, σὺ δίδου Παντεχνῇ Ἰωάννῃ.

All-holy One, be our release from sins. Saviour, grant this to John Pantechnes.

Commentary

The reading of the inscription is not entirely certain; it has been restored by comparison with an unpublished parallel noted in Wassiliou-Seibt's catalogue entry.

The inscription consists of two prayers linked to the image on the obverse: the first is to the Mother of God asking for release from sins, the second to Christ (addressed as the Saviour) asking that the first prayer be granted.