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N., (bishop) of Erythra (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1965
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 15.1.

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1793 (misread as Κεκρύπας).


The Virgin seated on a high-backed throne holding the medallion of Christ before her. On either side the sigla: μ̅ρ̅-θ̅υ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Within two concentric circles of dots, a partially preserved circular inscription beginning at the top on the right side:


Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δο[ύλῳ ......]


Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.


Τὸν τῆς Ἐρυθρᾶς, Μ(ητ)ροπάρθενε, σκέποις


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ ... τὸν τῆς Ἐρυθρᾶς, Μητροπάρθενε, σκέποις.

Mother of God, help your servant ... . Virgin Mother of God, may you watch over the (bishop) of Erythra.


Dodecasyllabic. The circular inscription of the obverse probably recorded the owner's name.

Erythra (modern Ildir, near the peninsula facing Chios) was a local administrative center (cf. the ninth/tenth-century seal of an archon of Erythra: Zacos, Seals II, no. 152), a suffragan bishopric of Ephesos, mentioned in all notitiae from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries. Its first known Byzantine bishop is attested in 431 and the last in 1292. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 209-20; Culerrier, Suffragants d'Ephèse, 156 (episcopal list); Ahrweiler, Smyrne, 54.