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Epiphanios Kamateros (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.441
Diameter 17 mm
Condition Partially effaced on the obverse.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 792.


Bust of the Mother of God with the medallion of the Christ Child. Sigla effaced. Border of dots.


Inscription in four lines. Border of dots.


Ἐπιφάνιος Καματηρὸς ὁ γράφων


Ἐπιφάνιος Καματηρὸς ὁ γράφων.

Epiphanios Kamateros is the one who wrote this.


Dodecasyllabic. This specimen is related to BZS.1958.106.4794, BZS.1958.106.4441, BZS.1958.106.3688, and BZS.1951.31.5.428 in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, one specimen in Paris (BN 1205), one in Sofia (Museum of Archaeology 140), and two specimens in Zacos Collection. This group may be related to three other types belonging to Epiphanios Kamateros and dated to late eleventh century: BZS.1955.1.3865  (parallels BZS.1958.106.2511, BZS.1958.106.4352), BSZ.1955.1.3864, and Spink 127: 48.

The abbreviation mark following letter "A" in the third line of the inscription on the reverse appears to be superfluous. However, the fact that this mark appears consistently on several seals produced with different boulloteria makes it difficult to explain its presence by engraving error.