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Veken protospatharios and strategos of Balaneos (tenth/eleventh centuries)

Accession number BZS 1951.31.5.240
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 15.1.


Bust of St. George holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left hand. Inscription in two columns: |ΓΕ|Γ|Η|ΟΣ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώ[ρ]γηος. No border visible.


Inscription of five lines followed by an ornament. Border of dots.


Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Βεκὲν (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) στρ(ατηγῷ) τ(οῦ) Β(α)λαν(έως)


Κύριε βοήθει Βεκὲν πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατηγῷ τοῦ Βαλανέως.

Lord, help Veken protospatharios and strategos of Balaneos.


The owner’s name suggests Armenian or Georgian ancestry. A Βηκἐν (first name), strategos of Sasoun, is known from a late eleventh-century seal (see V. Shandrovskaia, “Popravki i dopolneniia k ‘Katalogu Molivdovulov’ B. A. Panchenko,” VizVrem 38 (1977): 115) Seibt correctly revised the dating of the seal and identified Sasoun as a region south of Taron (BZ 71 [1978]: 289; cf. SBS 5 [1998]: 132). We also note the eleventh century seal of a Παγκράτιος Βηκένης (here a family name), discovered in Preslav and published by Jordanov, Preslav, nos. 399–400.