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Leo chartoularios (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2186
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 14 mm

Obverse

A peacock turned to r. Wreath border.

Reverse

Block monogram, reading χαρτουλαρίου with letters above, below and to sides: Λ|Ε|Ο|Ν. Wreath border.

Λέον χαρτουλαρίου

Translation

Λέον χαρτουλαρίου.

(Seal of) Leo chartoularios.

Commentary

This seal is strange. The monogram is atypical and appears to come from a later period, perhaps the 10th century. The name of the seal's owner is inscribed around the monogram as ΛΕΟΝ, apparently in a misspelled nominative (oddly, in conjunction with a genitive office); the style of the lettering seems to indicate this later date. The monogram itself seems like a later purposeful archaization: the middle bar of the is rounder than occurs elsewhere, and seems to be part of an innovatively placed ligature at the cross section of the Χ.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2186
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 14 mm

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Accession number BZS.1958.106.2186
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 14 mm

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Accession number BZS.1958.106.2186
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 14 mm

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