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John (?) (seventh/eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type I). Border of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription in three lines. Border of dots.

α
..ου

ωάννου (?)

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type I). Border of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription in three lines. Border of dots.

α
..ου

ωάννου (?)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1451
Diameter 23.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει. Ἰωάννου (?).

Theotokos, help. (Seal of) John (?).

Commentary

The rough shape of this seal makes the reverse inscription somewhat uncertain; however, John is the likely reading. The multiple borders seemingly present on the reverse may be evidence of multiple strikes, an intended triple border, or wear and tear.