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John Kantakouzenos, caesar and brother-in-law of the emperor (1185-1186)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4364
Diameter 35 mm
Field diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 123; Zacos-Veglery, no. 2739; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 223.

Obverse

St. Theodore standing, holding a spear in his right hand and balancing his shield against the ground with his left. Vertical inscriptions on either side: ο||γι|ο|σθ|ε|ο|Δ|ρο : ὁ ἅγιος Θεόδωρος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of eight lines. Border of dots.

γαμον
κρατντοσ
εσποτηνι
ακαν
τακζηνον
καισαραμαρ
τυσσκε
ποισ

γαμβρὸν κρατοῦντος δεσπότην Ἰωάννην Καντακουζηνὸν καίσαρα, μάρτυς, σκέποις

Translation

Γαμβρὸν κρατοῦντος δεσπότην Ἰωάννην Καντακουζηνὸν καίσαρα, μάρτυς, σκέποις.

Martyr, may you watch over the lord John Kantakouzenos, caesar and brother-in-law of the emperor.

Commentary

The owner married the sister of the emperor Isaac II Angelos in 1185 or 1186 and was raised to the rank of caesar, but a severe defeat at the hands of the Bulgarians in 1186 led to his demotion. It was within this short period that this seal will have been struck.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4364
Diameter 35 mm
Field diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 123; Zacos-Veglery, no. 2739; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 223.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4364
Diameter 35 mm
Field diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 123; Zacos-Veglery, no. 2739; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 223.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4364
Diameter 35 mm
Field diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 123; Zacos-Veglery, no. 2739; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 223.

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