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John imperial spatharokandidatos and chartoularios of the dromos of the Anatolikoi (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5458
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.10b.
Laurent, Corpus II, no. 461.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin with the medallion before her. On the left, a cruciform monogram of Θεοτόκε; on the right, of βοήθει. Border of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

.ΙΝ
ˊΣΠΘˊΚΝ
ΔΙΔˊΧΡˊΤΟΥ
ΔΡΟΜ
ΤΟΝ

ΝΤΟΛΙΚ

Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ τοῦ δρόμου τον Ἀνατολικῶν

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ τοῦ δρόμου τον Ἀνατολικῶν.

Theotokos, help John, imperial spatharokandidatos and chartoularios of the dromos of the Anatolikoi.

Commentary

The representation of the Virgin between two monograms is typical of the Iconophile revival, but the present seal is certainly later (it may even be considered as proof that this type survived well after 843) because it is decorated with a Virgin of the Photian type (Dated Seals, no. 53), and features borders of dots and the R-shaped beta.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5458
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.10b.
Laurent, Corpus II, no. 461.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5458
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.10b.
Laurent, Corpus II, no. 461.