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Kalos Katakalos (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with medallion of Christ. Sigla: Μ̅Θ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Indeterminate border.

ΚΑΛΟΝ
ΚΑΤΑΚΑΛ,
ΜΕΠΑΡΘΕ
ΝΕΣΚ.
ΠΟΙΣ

Καλὸν Κατακαλόν με παρθένε σκέποις

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with medallion of Christ. Sigla: Μ̅Θ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Indeterminate border.

ΚΑΛΟΝ
ΚΑΤΑΚΑΛ,
ΜΕΠΑΡΘΕ
ΝΕΣΚ.
ΠΟΙΣ

Καλὸν Κατακαλόν με παρθένε σκέποις

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3895
Diameter 24.0 mm

Translation

Καλὸν Κατακαλόν με παρθένε σκέποις.

Virgin, may you protect me, Kalos Katakalos.

Commentary

Dodecasyllabic. For the discussion of the surname Katakalos and its variants attested on Byzantine seals see Stavrakos, Die byzantinischen Bleisiegel, p. 201-202.