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Stephanos Kontostephanos, nobelissimos and doux (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St George. Partially preserved inscription on either side: γ̣|ι|ο..|̣.|γι : [ὁ ἅ]γιο(ς) [Γε]ώ[ρ]γι[ος]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines; top two lines missing. Border of dots.

̣ελλισ̣
μ̣κι
τκοντ
στεφαν,


[Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ(ει) Στεφάνῳ ν]ουβελλισ[ί]μῳ (καὶ) δουκὶ τῷ Κοντωστεφάν(ῳ)

Obverse

Bust of St George. Partially preserved inscription on either side: γ̣|ι|ο..|̣.|γι : [ὁ ἅ]γιο(ς) [Γε]ώ[ρ]γι[ος]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines; top two lines missing. Border of dots.

̣ελλισ̣
μ̣κι
τκοντ
στεφαν,


[Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ(ει) Στεφάνῳ ν]ουβελλισ[ί]μῳ (καὶ) δουκὶ τῷ Κοντωστεφάν(ῳ)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2080
Diameter 21.0 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

See PBW: Stephanos 20185 (dating this seal to the years between 1085 and 1094).

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

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Στεφάνῳ νουβελλισίμῳ καὶ δουκὶ τῷ Κοντωστεφάνῳ.

Lord, help your servant Stephanos Kontostephanos, nobelissimos and doux.

Commentary

The reading of this seal and the restoration of the owner's Christian name have been confirmed with reference to the better preserved parallel cited in this entry.