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The archbishop of Corfou (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2096
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 868.
Cf. parallel from the same boulloterion published by N. I. Giannopoulos, "Μολυβδόβουλλα προερχόμενα ἐκ τοῦ Νοτίου Μεσαιωνικοῦ Ἀλμυροῦ," BZ 17 (1908) 131-33, 141, no. αˊ.

Obverse

Saints Peter and Paul standing, turned toward each other and gesticulating; details indistinct. On the left, the inscription: |Π|Ε|Τ|Ρ: ὁ ἅγιος Πέτρος. On the right: .|.|Α|.|Λ|Ο: ὁ ἅγιος Παλος. No border visible.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, probably beginning with a cross; traces of a decoration below. Border of dots.

.ΤΟΝ
ΚΕΡΚΥ
ΡΑΣΠΡΟΕ
ΔΡΟΝΕΝ
ΓΡΑΦΗ
ΓΡΑΦΩ
 

Τὸν Κερκύρας πρόεδρον ἐν γραφῇ γράφω

Translation

Τὸν Κερκύρας πρόεδρον ἐν γραφῇ γράφω.

I inscribe the archbishop of Corfou in the letter.

Commentary

One dodecasyllabic verse. As Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 864, has shown, the metropolitan church of Corfou was dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul; this is why they appear so often on the seals of prelates of Corfou. Given the rank of the church of Corfou we take "proedros" as archbishop.