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John Rhadenos (?) (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of three lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

σφρ
γ̣ισι
̣ν̣ν̣̣

σφραγὶς Ἰωάννου

Reverse

Inscription of three lines; bottom line not preserved. Border of dots.

του̣ρ̣
.δ̣ινο.
....

τοῦ Ῥ[α]δινο[ῦ πέλω]

Obverse

Inscription of three lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

σφρ
γ̣ισι
̣ν̣ν̣̣

σφραγὶς Ἰωάννου

Reverse

Inscription of three lines; bottom line not preserved. Border of dots.

του̣ρ̣
.δ̣ινο.
....

τοῦ Ῥ[α]δινο[ῦ πέλω]

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3320
Diameter 22.0 mm
Condition Corroded.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

σφραγὶς Ἰωάννου τοῦ Ῥαδινοῦ πέλω.

I am the seal of John Rhadenos.

Commentary

The reading of the owner's family name is provisional and requires confirmation or correction from a better preserved parallel. If our restored reading is correct, the inscription forms a twelve-syllable verse and should be added to the collection of metrical inscriptions assembled by Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden.