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Irene, protoproedrissa, daughter of the exousiokrator (of Alania) (?) (1072–1078)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1007
Diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 116.1. Cf. Theodoridis, "Ein byzantinsiches Bleisiegel mit zwei Prägungen," 62.

Obverse

The Mother of God orans standing with a medallion of Christ on her chest. No epigraphy or border visible.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. No border visible.

ΘΚΕ
ΗΣΗΛ
ΡΙΝΗΑ͂ΠΡ
ΡΙΣΑΤΗΘ
ΑΤΡΙΤΕΞ
.ΚΡΑΤ.

Θ(εοτό)κε [β(οή)θ(ει) τ]ῇ σῇ δούλ[ῃ Ἠ]ρίνῃ (πρωτο)πρ[οε]δρίσᾳ τῇ θ[υγ]ατρὶ τοῦ ἐξ[ουσιο]κράτ[ορ(ος) Ἀλανίας].

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῇ σῇ δούλῃ Ἠρίνῃ πρωτοπροεδρίσᾳ τῇ θυγατρὶ τοῦ ἐξουσιοκράτορος Ἀλανίας.

Mother of God, help your servant Irene protoproedrissa, daughter of the exousiokrator of Alania.

Commentary

Irene was the cousin of Maria of Alania, the wife of Michael VII Doukas. In late 1072, she was married to Isaakios Komnenos, brother of the future emperor Alexios I. She would have received the title protoproedrissa upon her marriage. Isaakios received the title of sebastos in 1078, providing a terminus ante quem for the present seal. See Theodoridis, "Ein byzantinisches Bleisiegel," 62.

On the Theodoridis specimen the lady's name reads HPHNH; in contrast, this specimen seems to read [H]PINH. It is possible that the iota here is a broken eta.

Regarding Irene's father's title, on line five, the first letter, read here as an epsilon, looks like a rho. It may have been imperfectly printed.

There is no seventh line preserved on this specimen, so it is impossible to say whether the geographical designation of Alania was included (as it is on the Theodoridis specimen). The Theodoridis seal is similar but not parallel, since its field is larger in diameter than that of the present seal.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1007
Diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 116.1. Cf. Theodoridis, "Ein byzantinsiches Bleisiegel mit zwei Prägungen," 62.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1007
Diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 116.1. Cf. Theodoridis, "Ein byzantinsiches Bleisiegel mit zwei Prägungen," 62.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1007
Diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 116.1. Cf. Theodoridis, "Ein byzantinsiches Bleisiegel mit zwei Prägungen," 62.

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