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John (metropolitan) of Amaseia (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

τα
μασει
ασ

Τοῦ Ἀμασείας

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

ησφρ,
γισι
ανν

ἡ σφρ(α)γὶς Ἰωάννου

Obverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

τα
μασει
ασ

Τοῦ Ἀμασείας

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

ησφρ,
γισι
ανν

ἡ σφρ(α)γὶς Ἰωάννου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.300
Diameter 16.0 mm; field: 11.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 23.2a. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 856.

Translation

Τοῦ Ἀμασείας ἡ σφραγὶς Ἰωάννου.

The seal of John (metropolitan) of Amaseia.

Commentary

This seal comes from the same boulloterion as BZS.1951.31.5.1313. Another, BZS.1951.31.5.867, seems to come from a later boulloterion of the same metropolitan but this must have been used after the owner’s death by the personnel of the metropolis, who had to erase the name of the deceased prelate. Similar instances of anonymous seals of metropolitans are mentioned in N. Oikonomides, “The Anonymous Seal,” SBS 4 (1995) 77 ff.

The inscription forms one twelve-syllable verse.