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John Ele[sba]am, vestes, judge of the Velum of Thrace and Macedonia (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with medallion of Christ before her (Episkepsis type, according to Seibt, SBS 1 [1987] 54) Remains of an inscription: ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

ΘΚ̅ε.
Ι̅εστ,κ.
τητηλ.
θρακ,.α
δονι..
ελε...
αμ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ βέστ, κριτῇ τοῦ βήλου Θρᾴκης καὶ Μακεδονίας τῷ Ἐλεσβαάμ

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with medallion of Christ before her (Episkepsis type, according to Seibt, SBS 1 [1987] 54) Remains of an inscription: ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

ΘΚ̅ε.
Ι̅εστ,κ.
τητηλ.
θρακ,.α
δονι..
ελε...
αμ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ βέστ, κριτῇ τοῦ βήλου Θρᾴκης καὶ Μακεδονίας τῷ Ἐλεσβαάμ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2869
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 43.8.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ βέστῃ, κριτῇ τοῦ βήλου Θρᾴκης καὶ Μακεδονίας τῷ Ἐλεσβαάμ.

Theotokos, help John Ele[sba]am, vestes, judge of the Velum of Thrace and Macedonia.

Commentary

The family name can be deciphered with reasonable certainty thanks to a much better preserved seal of the same individual, issued when he was anthypatos, patrikios, and judge of Drougoubiteia (Lihačev, IZIGI, pl. VII, no. 12). The name is that of the sixth-century Abyssinian king and defender of Christians (cf. RE 5, 2327).