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Artabanes hypatos and protonotarios of Chaldia (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1546
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 32.32a.

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on steps, with fleurons rising to the lower crossbar; rosace in each of the upper quarters. Circular inscription within a border of dots:

κεRοηθητσδουλ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

+ρτR
νηυπτ,
Sνοτρ,
χλδι,

Ἀρταβάνῃ ὑπάτ(ῳ) (καὶ) (πρωτο)νοταρ(ίῳ) Χαλδί(ας)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀρταβάνῃ ὑπάτῳ καὶ πρωτονοταρίῳ Χαλδίας.

Lord, help your servant Artabanes, hypatos and protonotarios of Chaldia.

Commentary

This seal and BZS.1958.106.5576 come from the same boulloterion.

The seal of an Artabanes imperial spatharios and protonotarios of Chaldia,  with a patriarchal cross, dated to the ninth/tenth century (Ermitage M-6148), was published by I. Sokolova, “Znak sokrascenija na vizantijskih pecatjah VIII-pervoj poloviny X v.,” Viz. Vrem. 47 (1986) 157-162, plate VI, no. 5 (cf. SBS 3 [1993] 171-172). He could be identical to the owner of the present specimen at a later stage of his career.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1546
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 32.32a.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1546
Diameter 22 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 32.32a.