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John metropolitan of Ainos and synkellos (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.340
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 13 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 45.2.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 798.
Two other specimens from Vienna and Paris (IFEB), are mentioned by Laurent.


The Virgins orans, standing. Sigla: ..ΘΥ̅: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.


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


Θεοτόκε βοήθει ωάννῃ μητροπολίτ Αἴνου καὶ συγκέλῳ


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ μητροπολίτῃ Αἴνου καὶ συγκέλῳ.

Theotokos, help John metropolitan of Ainos and synkellos.


In his reading, Laurent failed to note that in line 2 horizontal bars appear above the letters Μ and Π. He correctly observed (although the letter is difficult to discern) the imprint of a small Τ above the second Ο. Zacos (Seals II, nos. 511-512) published the two seals of a John metropolitan of Ainos and synkellos, but these are decorated with different types of the Virgin. One is similar to a bulla published by Mordtmann, Ἑλλ. Φιλολ. Σύλλ. 13 (1880) Suppl., 91 = Sig. 119. For the other, see the commentary, DO Seals 1, no. 45.3. From literary sources we know of only one eleventh-century John who was metropolitan of Ainos (but not yet synkellos) in 1032 (Grumel, Regestes, no. 840; Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 289).