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John vestes and judge (eleventh century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3988
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Chipped and dented on the reverse.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2417.

Obverse

Standing image of St John the Baptist wearing a cloak and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Inscription on either side: |Ι̅|.|ΔΡ,|Μ,: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) [ὁ] Πρ(ό)δρ(ο)μ(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΣΡ
ΓΙΣΙΚ
ΣΤΟΥΤΟΥ
ΕΣΤΙ̣
ΝΝΟ.

σφραγὶς δικαστοῦ τοῦ βέστου Ἰωάννο[υ]

Translation

σφραγὶς δικαστοῦ τοῦ βέστου Ἰωάννου.

Seal of the vestes and judge John.

Commentary

The word dikastes, employed here to fit the metrical inscription, is translated as judge but may refer to an unspecified legal office held by the owner.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3988
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Chipped and dented on the reverse.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2417.