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Anna Dalassene, kouropalatissa and domestikissa (1057-1067)

 
 

Obverse

The Mother of God standing, holding the Child in her right arm. Sigla on either side: ̅θυ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

θκ̅ε,θ,
τησηλη
α̣ννηκουρο
.αλα̣.ισση
ο̣μ̣εστι
κισ.τη,
λασην,

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῇ σῇ δούλῃ Ἄννῃ κουρο[π]αλα[τ]ίσσῃ (καὶ) δομεστικίσ[ῃ] τῇ Δ(α)λασην(ῇ)

Obverse

The Mother of God standing, holding the Child in her right arm. Sigla on either side: ̅θυ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

θκ̅ε,θ,
τησηλη
α̣ννηκουρο
.αλα̣.ισση
ο̣μ̣εστι
κισ.τη,
λασην,

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῇ σῇ δούλῃ Ἄννῃ κουρο[π]αλα[τ]ίσσῃ (καὶ) δομεστικίσ[ῃ] τῇ Δ(α)λασην(ῇ)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.732
Diameter 32.0 mm
Condition Dented on reverse.
Previous Editions

Cheynet, "Les Dalassenoi," no. 16 (with extensive commentary on this and the many other seals of Anna Dalassene).

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

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῇ σῇ δούλῃ Ἄννῃ κουροπαλατίσσῃ καὶ δομεστικίσσῃ τῇ Δαλασηνῇ.

Mother of God, help your servant Anna Dalassene, kouropalatissa and domestikissa.

Commentary

This seal of the famous Anna Dalassene will have been struck between the years 1057 and 1067, the years when her husband John Komnenos (brother of the emperor Isaac I Komnenos) held the title of kouropalates and the office of Domestic of the Schools.

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