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Gerbasios (?) Doukas protospatharios (?) and chartoularios (?) of (Chaldia and?) Derzene (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3159
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Broken along the channel. Half missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 61.2.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεο. No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. No visible border.

,θ,
ασ,α
αρτ.
δερζ
κα

Κύριε βοήθει Γερβασίῳ (?) πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ (?) καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ Χαλδίας (?) καὶ Δερζηνῆς τῷ Δούκᾳ.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Γερβασίῳ (?) πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ (?) καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ Χαλδίας καὶ Δερζηνῆς τῷ Δούκᾳ.

Lord, help Gerbasios (?) Doukas, protospatharios (?) and chartoularios of Chaldia (?) and Derzene.

Commentary

The restoration of the inscription is highly conjectural. There is no mention of the owner of this seal in Polemis, Doukai.

Modern Tercan, Derzene was on the road from Erzincan to Erzerum. The creation of this theme is attested by 948-952 (De Adm. Imp. ch. 53, l. 507; see also Commentary, 209). Cf. Listes, 241 and n. 12, 358. Our seals show that the civil administration of Derzene was often given to officials who exercised a mandate in nearby Chaldia. See also Lihacev, IZIGI, pl. VI, 14.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3159
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Broken along the channel. Half missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 61.2.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3159
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Broken along the channel. Half missing.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 61.2.

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