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John metropolitan of Karia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.88
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 19 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 66.3.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 518.


Partially preserved bust of St. Michael holding scepter. One letter visible: Μ: Μιχαήλ. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines, probably beginning with a cross. Decoration below. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ ωάννῃ μητροπολίτ Καρίας


Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ μητροπολίτῃ Καρίας.

Lord, help your servant John metropolitan of Karia.


Laurent noted two complete specimens in the Vienna Museum. He may well be right in saying that the owner of this seal is the metropolitan John who signed a synodal act of May 1030 and was replaced by 1032; another John of Karia signed the tomos of Sisinnios in 997. Yet another was in charge later in the 11th century (Nesbitt, "Seals from Aphrodisias," 161-62, no. 6).