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Anonymous proteuon (?) (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Basil, blessing and holding a book. Sigla: .||ΑΣ,|Λ,|Ο : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Βασ(ί)λ(ει)ο(ς). Remnants of a circular inscription. No border visible.

...ΠΡ,ΤΕΥ,Τ

... πρ(ω)τεύ(ον)τι ...

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.


ΣΦΡΑ̣
Γ,ΗΜ,Τ.
ΓΡΑΦ,Γ.
ΣΗΛ.
Π

οὗ σφραγ(ίς) ἤμ(ι) τ[ὴ(ν)] γραφ(ὴν) γ[ν(ώ)]σῃ βλ(έ)π(ων)

Obverse

Bust of St. Basil, blessing and holding a book. Sigla: .||ΑΣ,|Λ,|Ο : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Βασ(ί)λ(ει)ο(ς). Remnants of a circular inscription. No border visible.

...ΠΡ,ΤΕΥ,Τ

... πρ(ω)τεύ(ον)τι ...

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.


ΣΦΡΑ̣
Γ,ΗΜ,Τ.
ΓΡΑΦ,Γ.
ΣΗΛ.
Π

οὗ σφραγ(ίς) ἤμ(ι) τ[ὴ(ν)] γραφ(ὴν) γ[ν(ώ)]σῃ βλ(έ)π(ων)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.223
Diameter 27.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

οὗ σφραγίς ἤμι τὴν γραφὴν γνώσῃ βλέπων.

Find out whose seal I am by looking at the letter.

Commentary

The reading of the circular inscription along the circumference on the obverse is not clear. We propose πρωτεύοντι or πρωτεύοντος, which if valid suggests that the owner held the office of proteuon, but this is far from certain.

The anonymous metrical inscription should be added to the examples collected in Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden, vol. II.