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Leo Kastamonites (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Two military saints standing. No epigraphy visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots. 


...ΙΣ
...ΗΛΕ
..ΤΟΣΚ
ΜΟΝΙ
ΤΟΥ

Εἴμι σκέπη Λέοντος Κασταμονίτου

Obverse

Two military saints standing. No epigraphy visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots. 


...ΙΣ
...ΗΛΕ
..ΤΟΣΚ
ΜΟΝΙ
ΤΟΥ

Εἴμι σκέπη Λέοντος Κασταμονίτου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3680
Diameter 22.0 mm; field: 15.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2305.

Translation

Εἴμι σκέπη Λέοντος Κασταμονίτου.

I am the protection of Leo Kastamonites.

Commentary

Several other seals in the collections of Dumbarton Oaks and Fogg Museum, listed below, bear the name of Leo Kastamonites. Katsaros (Katsaros, Iōannēs Kastamonitēs, p.134-138) dates them all, including the present specimen, to the eleventh or twelfth century. There is not enough evidence, however, to establish whether they belonged to the same individual.