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John Taronites (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Above, a semi-circular inscription presenting the epithet: ΘΕΟΣΚΕΠΑΣΤΟ. ἡ Θεοσκέπαστος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.

  
ΔΕΣΠΟΙΝΑ
̣ΟΗΘΕΙΜΟΙ
Τ̣ΣΔ
Λ
Ι̅ΤΤΑΡ
ΝΙΤΗ

Δέσποινα, βοήθει μοι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰω(άννῃ) τῷ Ταρωνίτῃ

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅: Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Above, a semi-circular inscription presenting the epithet: ΘΕΟΣΚΕΠΑΣΤΟ. ἡ Θεοσκέπαστος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a cross above. Border of dots.

  
ΔΕΣΠΟΙΝΑ
̣ΟΗΘΕΙΜΟΙ
Τ̣ΣΔ
Λ
Ι̅ΤΤΑΡ
ΝΙΤΗ

Δέσποινα, βοήθει μοι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰω(άννῃ) τῷ Ταρωνίτῃ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.477
Diameter 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

See Stratos Nikolaros, “Die Taronitai. Eine prosopographisch-sigillographische Studie,” Millennium 14 (2017), 227-291, no. 18 (dating this seal and its parallel 1947.2.1307 to the reign of Alexios I Komnenos, 1081-1118).

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

Translation

Δέσποινα, βοήθει μοι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ τῷ Ταρωνίτῃ.

Lady, help me, your servant John Taronites.