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N. . . . of Dekapolis (?) (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3072
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Scyphate shape; possibly not a seal since there appears to be no channel for suspension. Weakly imprinted.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 121.1.

Obverse

Outline of a bust of the Mother of God holding a medallion of Christ before her. No sigla or epigraphy are visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

κε̅̅,θ,
τυ.ολ
πη.πτ
.δεκα
π

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) [. . .] τ(ῆς) Δεκαπ(όλεως)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει . . . τῆς Δεκαπόλεως.

Lord, help N. . . . of Dekapolis.

Commentary

The letters ΔΕΚΑΠ are reasonably certain. Lines two and three are problematic. We could be dealing with a geographical location or with a member of the Dekapolites family.

The editors of DO Seals 5 suggested the office episkeptites based on a reading of line 3 of: ΠΗ.ΠΤ. In fact, the first letter appears to be a lambda and the third a nu. In addition, there may be another letter at the beginning of the line, possibly an epsilon. No solution presents itself, but episkeptites has been removed as a possibility in the present entry.

On the second line, there are alternative readings as well. The first letter, originally listed as a tau, could also be a kappa or chi. The fourth, listed as an omicron, appears to have a horizontal element, and is possibly a theta.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3072
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Scyphate shape; possibly not a seal since there appears to be no channel for suspension. Weakly imprinted.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 121.1.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3072
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Scyphate shape; possibly not a seal since there appears to be no channel for suspension. Weakly imprinted.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 121.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3072
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Scyphate shape; possibly not a seal since there appears to be no channel for suspension. Weakly imprinted.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 121.1.

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