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Constantine vestarches, judge of the Velum, and grand kourator of the sekreton of the Mangana (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5709 (formerly DO 58.106.5709)
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 25.2.

Obverse

St Nicholas (left) and St. Menas (right) standing, in profile, raising their hands toward a medallion of Christ. Siglum at left of medallion: Ἱ(ησοῦ)ς [Χ(ριστό)ς]. Inscription in column at left: Ο|ΝΙ|ΚΟ|Λ|Ο ; Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλαο(ς). Inscription in column at right: |Ν|Ο|ΚΑΛ|ΛΙ|ΚΕ|Λ|Ο ; Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Μην(ᾶς) ὁ Καλλικέλ(α)δο(ς). Invocative inscription in column in middle. Border of dots.

ΚΕ
Ο
ΗΘΕΙ
ΤΣ
ΔΛ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of six lines followed by decoration. Border of dots.

Κ̅Ν̅Ε
ΣΤΑΡΧ,ΚΡΙΤ,
ΤΗΛS
ΚΡΑΤΟΡ,Τ
ΣΕΚΡΕΤΤ
ΜΑΓΓΑΝ,


Κων(σταντίνῳ) βεστάρχ(ῃ), κριτ(ῇ) τοῦ βήλου, (καὶ) μ(ε)γ(άλῳ) κουράτορ(ι) τοῦ σεκρέτου τ(ῶν) Μαγγάν(ων)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κωνσταντίνῳ βεστάρχῃ, κριτῇ τοῦ βήλου, καὶ μεγάλῳ κουράτορι τοῦ σεκρέτου τῶν Μαγγάνων.

Lord, help your servant Constantine vestarches, judge of the Velum, and grand kourator of the sekreton of the Mangana.

Commentary

For another depiction of St. Nicholas and St. Menas Kallikelados raising their hands toward a medallion of Christ, see the seal of Constantine (no dignity or function mentioned) published in Zacos II, no. 404 (=Spink I, no. 67; now in the Collection of the Sackler Art Museum, Harvard), and Seyrig, no. 96, the seal of Constantine protoproedros and grand droungarios of the Vigla. It is likely that we are dealing in each case with the same person and that we may identify the Constantine of our seal with the Constantine who was grand droungarios at the beginning of 1074 and who was the first person to be elevated to the dignity of sebastos (before 1078). He was a nephew of Michael Keroularios and a cousin of Empress Eudokia Makrembolitissa.

In addition, the same iconography appears on a seal of Michael chartoularios of the dromos and of Charsianon (BZS.1958.106.1959). Skoulatos (Personnages, 208–9) has suggested an affiliation between the Keroularios family and Michael, logothete of the sekreta (1090–1109), to whom this seal seal may belong.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5709 (formerly DO 58.106.5709)
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 25.2.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5709 (formerly DO 58.106.5709)
Diameter 32 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 25.2.

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