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George Apozouphes (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

The Mother of God standing, turned to her right, with her hands outstretched towards the manus Dei visible above. On either side, the sigla: ̅θυ̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Within concentric circles of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at twelve o'clock:

γεργιουσρ

Γεωργίου σφρά-

Reverse

St. George standing, holding a spear and shield. On either side, epigraphy: |γ|ε|ρ|γ|/ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώργ(ιος). Within concentric circles of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at twelve o'clock:

γισμτπο

γισμα τοῦ Ἀποζούφου

Obverse

The Mother of God standing, turned to her right, with her hands outstretched towards the manus Dei visible above. On either side, the sigla: ̅θυ̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Within concentric circles of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at twelve o'clock:

γεργιουσρ

Γεωργίου σφρά-

Reverse

St. George standing, holding a spear and shield. On either side, epigraphy: |γ|ε|ρ|γ|/ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Γεώργ(ιος). Within concentric circles of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at twelve o'clock:

γισμτπο

γισμα τοῦ Ἀποζούφου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2039
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 269.

Translation

Γεωργίου σφράγισμα τοῦ Ἀποζούφου.

Seal of George Apozouphes.

Commentary

The inscription is a twelve-syllable verse divided into hemistichs by the arrangement of the obverse and reverse lettering.