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Alexios Komnenos, sebastos and doux of Dyrrachion (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple. Zacharias welcomes Mary, who is followed by Joachim and a group of four virgins, two of whom stand in the foreground holding candles; behind Zacharias are traces of Mary and an angel. In the background arise three baldachins; to the right, in the upper field, inscription: ΤΑ|ΑΓΙΑ|ΤΝΑ|ΓΙΝ: Τὰ ἅγια τῶν ἁγίων ("The holy of holies"). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines; the final two letters between bars. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕ̅,Θ,
ΤΣΔΛ
ΑΛΕΙΣΕ
ΑΔ..
ΔΡΡΑΧΙ.
ΤΚΟΜΝ.
Ν

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ Ἀλεξίῳ σεβαστῷ καὶ δουκὶ Δουρραχίου τῷ Κομνηνῷ

Obverse

The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple. Zacharias welcomes Mary, who is followed by Joachim and a group of four virgins, two of whom stand in the foreground holding candles; behind Zacharias are traces of Mary and an angel. In the background arise three baldachins; to the right, in the upper field, inscription: ΤΑ|ΑΓΙΑ|ΤΝΑ|ΓΙΝ: Τὰ ἅγια τῶν ἁγίων ("The holy of holies"). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines; the final two letters between bars. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕ̅,Θ,
ΤΣΔΛ
ΑΛΕΙΣΕ
ΑΔ..
ΔΡΡΑΧΙ.
ΤΚΟΜΝ.
Ν

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ Ἀλεξίῳ σεβαστῷ καὶ δουκὶ Δουρραχίου τῷ Κομνηνῷ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1397
Diameter 29.0 mm; field: 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 12.1.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 2715.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀλεξίῳ σεβαστῷ καὶ δουκὶ Δουρραχίου τῷ Κομνηνῷ.

Theotokos, help your servant Alexios Komnenos, sebastos and doux of Dyrrachion.

Commentary

Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

This is quite likely the second son of Isaac the sebastokrator who was appointed doux of Dyrrachion in 1105/6. He still occupied this position in 1108, when he fought Norman besiegers to a standstill and, on behalf of Alexios I, negotiated peace terms with Bohemund. See Skoulatos, Personnages, 12-14, and Barzos, Komnenoi I, 147-54.