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John Karianites (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4047
Diameter 21 mm

Obverse

Standing figure of St. Demetrios holding a spear and shield. Inscription in two columns: ||Ι|Μ|ΗΤ||Ρ,|ΟΣ: Ὁ ἅγιος Διμήτριος. Linear border.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines, a cross between bars above. Linear border. 


ΤΟΝ
ΚΡΙΝΙ
ΤΙΙ̅ΜΕ
ΣΚΕΠ,

Τὸν Καριανίτι Ἰωάννην με σκέπε

Translation

Τὸν Καριανίτι Ἰωάννην με σκέπε.

Protect me, John Karianites.

Commentary

Dodecasyllabic. Jordanov (Corpus II, p. 191) identifies four groups of seals bearing the name of John Karianites, all of which are represented in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection. It is difficult, however, to determine whether they belonged to one and the same person. Cf. Stavrakos, Die byzantinischen Bleisiegel, p. 194.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4047
Diameter 21 mm

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4047
Diameter 21 mm