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John (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St John the Baptist holding a staff cross over his left shoulder. Remains of an inscription on either side: |Ι̅|ΔΡ|Μ: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) [ὁ] Πρ(ό)δρ(ο)μ(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

ΣΡΑΓ,
ΕΑΙ
ΟΙΤΣ..
ΓΣΙ̅
  

σφραγ(ὶς) βεβαιοῖ τοὺς [λό]γους Ἰω(άννου)

Obverse

Bust of St John the Baptist holding a staff cross over his left shoulder. Remains of an inscription on either side: |Ι̅|ΔΡ|Μ: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Ἰω(άννης) [ὁ] Πρ(ό)δρ(ο)μ(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

ΣΡΑΓ,
ΕΑΙ
ΟΙΤΣ..
ΓΣΙ̅
  

σφραγ(ὶς) βεβαιοῖ τοὺς [λό]γους Ἰω(άννου)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2317
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2363.

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

Translation

σφραγὶς βεβαιοῖ τοὺς λόγους Ἰωάννου.

The seal secures John's letters.