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John protekdikos (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1248
Diameter 34 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 109.

Obverse

Standing, facing Virgin holding the child in front of her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Mother of God. Inscription: Η|Μ|Α|Χ|ΑΙΡΩ|ΘΕΙ|Σ|Α: ἡ Μαχαιρωθείσα. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines with decoration above. Border of dots.


ΙΟΥ
ΣΦΡΓΙΣΜ
ΤΠΡΤΕΚ
ΔΙΚΟΥ

Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ πρωτεκδίκου

Translation

Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ πρωτεκδίκου.

Seal of John, protekdikos.

Commentary

Dodecasyllable. The type of the Virgin here depicted is discussed by Galavaris, "The Mother of God, 'Stabbed with a Knife'," and Seibt, "Die Darstellung der Theotokos," 45-46. Cf. Seyrig, no. 237, BZS.1955.1.4995. The image copied on these seals was likely in Hagia Sophia, as the offices of the individuals who place it on their seals indicate.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1248
Diameter 34 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 109.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1248
Diameter 34 mm
Field diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 109.