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Ariebes sebastos (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Annunciation scene; details obscure. Faint traces of an inscription: Ο|τισ|μοσ : ὁ χ(αι)ρ(ε)τισμός. Border of thick dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

Σ̣φ̣
.ε̣̣̣̣
ρφ̣
ο̣χιρε
τ̣ησγ


σφ[ραγὶς σ]εβαστ[οῦ τῶν] γραφῶν Ἀ[ριέβη] ὁ χαιρε[τισμός] τῆς ἁγ[νῆς γεγρ]αμμ[ένος]

Obverse

Annunciation scene; details obscure. Faint traces of an inscription: Ο|τισ|μοσ : ὁ χ(αι)ρ(ε)τισμός. Border of thick dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

Σ̣φ̣
.ε̣̣̣̣
ρφ̣
ο̣χιρε
τ̣ησγ


σφ[ραγὶς σ]εβαστ[οῦ τῶν] γραφῶν Ἀ[ριέβη] ὁ χαιρε[τισμός] τῆς ἁγ[νῆς γεγρ]αμμ[ένος]

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2310
Diameter 32.0 mm
Condition Broken; half missing.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2867.

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

Translation

σφραγὶς σεβαστοῦ τῶν γραφῶν Ἀριέβη ὁ χαιρετισμός τῆς ἁγνῆς γεγραμμένος.

The engraving of the Annunciation serves as the seal of the letters of the sebastos Ariebes.

Commentary

Wassiliou-Seibt suggests that the choice of the Annunciation scene on the obverse and the owner's reference to this on the reverse may be a sign of his connection to the Angeloi after 1185.