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John Komnenos, sebastos (twelfth century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

St Demetrios standing, holding a spear and shield. Inscription of either side: Ο|Α|ΓΙ|Ο|ΣΔΗ|ΜΗ|ΤΡΙ|ΟΣ: ὁ ἅγιος Δημήτριος. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

  
ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣ
ΣΕΑΣΤΟΥ
ΚΟΜ
Ι̣̣Α

σφραγὶς σεβαστοῦ Κομνηνοῦ Ἰωάννου

Obverse

St Demetrios standing, holding a spear and shield. Inscription of either side: Ο|Α|ΓΙ|Ο|ΣΔΗ|ΜΗ|ΤΡΙ|ΟΣ: ὁ ἅγιος Δημήτριος. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

  
ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣ
ΣΕΑΣΤΟΥ
ΚΟΜ
Ι̣̣Α

σφραγὶς σεβαστοῦ Κομνηνοῦ Ἰωάννου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.667
Diameter 21.0 mm; field: 19.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2828.

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

Translation

σφραγὶς σεβαστοῦ Κομνηνοῦ Ἰωάννου.

Seal of the sebastos John Komnenos.

Commentary

John Komnenos (ca. 1073-1136) was the son of Isaac Komnenos, brother of the emperor Alexios I Komnenos.