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Manuel Komnenos (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


Σ̣Ρ̣ΓῚΣ
ΚΟΝΟῦ
ΝΟΥῊΛ
ΣΕΞΈ
Υ

σφραγὶς Κομνηνοῦ Μανουήλ, ὥς ἐφέφυ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΠΟΡ̣
ΥΡΟΚΛ
ΌΠΙΟΣ
ἘΞΙ́Ν
ΝΟΥ

πορφυροκλαδόπαιδος ἐξ Ἰωάννου

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


Σ̣Ρ̣ΓῚΣ
ΚΟΝΟῦ
ΝΟΥῊΛ
ΣΕΞΈ
Υ

σφραγὶς Κομνηνοῦ Μανουήλ, ὥς ἐφέφυ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΠΟΡ̣
ΥΡΟΚΛ
ΌΠΙΟΣ
ἘΞΙ́Ν
ΝΟΥ

πορφυροκλαδόπαιδος ἐξ Ἰωάννου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1346
Diameter 32.0 mm; field: 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2499.

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

σφραγὶς Κομνηνοῦ Μανουήλ, ὥς ἐφέφυ πορφυροκλαδόπαιδος ἐξ Ἰωάννου.

Seal of Manuel Komnenos who is the issue of John, child of royal lineage.

Commentary

Wassiliou-Seibt identifies the owner, Manuel Komnenos, the son of John Doukas, himself the son of Anna Komnene, whence the basis of the declaration of his royal ancestry. He is otherwise attested only in a funeral oration for his brother Nikephoros Komnenos who died in 1173.

Note the use of accents and breathings.