You are here:Home/Resources/ Byzantine Seals/ Search the Catalogue/ Makarios Tarchaneiotes (twelfth century, second half)

Makarios Tarchaneiotes (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Inscription on either side: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, top line missing. Border of dots.

...
ΣΦΡΑΕΙ
Κ/ΓΡΑΦΑΣΚ/Π
ΡΑΚΤΑΙΑΚΟΣ
ΜΙΚΟΣΜΑΚ
ΑΡΙΟΣΤΑΡΧ
ΑΝΕΙΤ,

[ἐπι]σφραγίζει κ(αὶ) γραφὰς κ(αὶ) πρακταία κοσμικὸς Μακάριος Ταρχανειώτ(ης)

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Inscription on either side: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, top line missing. Border of dots.

...
ΣΦΡΑΕΙ
Κ/ΓΡΑΦΑΣΚ/Π
ΡΑΚΤΑΙΑΚΟΣ
ΜΙΚΟΣΜΑΚ
ΑΡΙΟΣΤΑΡΧ
ΑΝΕΙΤ,

[ἐπι]σφραγίζει κ(αὶ) γραφὰς κ(αὶ) πρακταία κοσμικὸς Μακάριος Ταρχανειώτ(ης)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2486
Diameter 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2320 (with references to earlier editions).

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

Translation

ἐπισφραγίζει καὶ γραφὰς καὶ πρακταία κοσμικὸς Μακάριος Ταρχανειώτης.

The layman Makarios Tarchaneiotes seals both his letters and acts.

Commentary

It is not clear how κοσμικός should be understood in this inscription; it may mean "secular" or "of this world," to indicate that the owner is not a monk or priest (given that Makarios is a common name among monks), or it could perhaps be a homophonic error for κοσμικῶς, in the sense of "properly" or "in the right way." We have opted for the former meaning but with the awareness that the latter is also possible.