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John II Komnenos (1118–1143)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.352 (formerly DO 47.2.352)
Diameter 27 mm
Condition Chipped and corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 91.7.


Christ seated on a high-backed throne, wearing a tunic and himation. He holds the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. His feet rest on a dais, the border of which is ornamented with pellets. Border of dots.


John II standing on a dais, wearing a loros and holding in the right hand a labarum (only partially visible). Remains of a circular inscription at right. Border of dots.

. . . γενιτ . . .

[Ἰω(άννῃ) δεσπότ(ῃ) τῷ πορφυρο]γενίτ[ῳ].


Ἰωάννῃ δεσπότῃ τῷ πορφυρογενίτῳ.

John porphyrogennetos, despotes.


The use of the dative case is unusual as there is no invocation accompanying the inscription. For coins of John II with a similar dative inscription see DOC 4.1: no. 12a.