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John (member of the) diakonia of the church of the Blachernae (ninth century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: Ι|Ν: Ἰωάννῃ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, row of dots below. Indeterminate border.

ΤΗΣ
/ΚΟΝΙ/Τ/
ΝΕΒΛ
ΧΕΡ.


Τῆς δ(ια)κονί(ας) τ(οῦ) νεὼ Βλαχερ[ν]ώ(ν)

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: Ι|Ν: Ἰωάννῃ. Wreath border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, row of dots below. Indeterminate border.

ΤΗΣ
/ΚΟΝΙ/Τ/
ΝΕΒΛ
ΧΕΡ.


Τῆς δ(ια)κονί(ας) τ(οῦ) νεὼ Βλαχερ[ν]ώ(ν)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.257
Diameter 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 31.1a; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1921; Zacos–Veglery, no. 2008 (with misreading).

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ τῆς διακονίας τοῦ νεὼ Βλαχερνών.

Mother of God, help John, (member) of the diakonia of the new Blachernae.

Commentary

The inscription on the reverse constitutes a twelve-syllable verse.