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Constantine Chamas, kouropalates (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

St. George stands facing, nimbed, with a spear in his right hand and a shield against his left side. Faint sigla to either side: γ.|̣.|..|ο. : ὁ ἅγιος Γ[ε]ώ[ργι]ο[ς]. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

Κ̅Ν
ΧΑΜ,ΚΡ
ΑΠΑΛΑΤ,ΣΚΕ
...Τ,ΑΓΙ
ΡΓΙ

Κων(σταντίνου) [τοῦ] Χάμ(ᾶ) κουρ[οπ]αλάτ(ου) σκέ[π(οις) σὺ μάρ]τ(υς) ἄγι[ε Γεώ]ργι(ε)

Obverse

St. George stands facing, nimbed, with a spear in his right hand and a shield against his left side. Faint sigla to either side: γ.|̣.|..|ο. : ὁ ἅγιος Γ[ε]ώ[ργι]ο[ς]. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

Κ̅Ν
ΧΑΜ,ΚΡ
ΑΠΑΛΑΤ,ΣΚΕ
...Τ,ΑΓΙ
ΡΓΙ

Κων(σταντίνου) [τοῦ] Χάμ(ᾶ) κουρ[οπ]αλάτ(ου) σκέ[π(οις) σὺ μάρ]τ(υς) ἄγι[ε Γεώ]ργι(ε)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1146
Diameter 18.0 mm
Condition Chipped and corroded.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κωνσταντίνου τοῦ Χάμᾶ κουροπαλάτου σκέποις σὺ μάρτυς ἄγιε Γεώργιε.

St. George, martyr, may you protect Constantine Chamas, kouropalates.

Commentary

The inscription forms two twelve-syllable verses, although the accent falls on the antepenult at the end of the second verse. This inscription should be added to the corpus of metrical seals compiled by Wassiliou-Seibt.