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(Sym)ba(tios?) imperial mandator and chartoularios of Thessalonica (ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (of indeterminate type); in the quarters: ΤΣ.|ΔΛ. No visible border.

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of (four?) lines. Wreath border.

.ΒΑ
.Β/ΜΑΝΔ/
ΑΡΤΛ/ΘΕ
ΛΟΝΙΚ/

Συμβατίῳ? βασιλικῷ μανδάτωρι καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ Θεσσαλονίκης

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (of indeterminate type); in the quarters: ΤΣ.|ΔΛ. No visible border.

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of (four?) lines. Wreath border.

.ΒΑ
.Β/ΜΑΝΔ/
ΑΡΤΛ/ΘΕ
ΛΟΝΙΚ/

Συμβατίῳ? βασιλικῷ μανδάτωρι καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ Θεσσαλονίκης

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.334
Diameter 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 18.14.
Zacos-Veglery, no. 3222.

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

Translation

Κύριε or Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Συμβατίῳ βασιλικῷ μανδάτωρι καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ Θεσσαλονίκης.

Lord or Theotokos, help your servant Symbatios (?) imperial mandator and chartoularios of Thessalonica.

Commentary

Zacos-Veglery, no. 3186, published a seal of the same era with a cruciform invocative monogram on the reverse and an inscription identifying the owner as Symbatios, imperial mandator and chartoularios of Thessalonica. It is probable that the two specimens belonged to the same person (same titles; the letters ΒΑ on line 1 of our specimen), although they are from different boulloteria.

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