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Maria Komnene, sebaste (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. On either side, sigla: ̅θυ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

Σφρασ
σεησ
̣ριστης
κομνησ

σφραγὶς σεβαστῆς Μαρίας τῆς Κομνηνῆς

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. On either side, sigla: ̅θυ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

Σφρασ
σεησ
̣ριστης
κομνησ

σφραγὶς σεβαστῆς Μαρίας τῆς Κομνηνῆς

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.950
Diameter 28.0 mm
Condition Chipped at the top.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2800.

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

Translation

σφραγὶς σεβαστῆς Μαρίας τῆς Κομνηνῆς.

Seal of the sebaste Maria Komnene.

Commentary

It is possible that the Maria Komnene identified on this seal is the daughter of Alexios I Komnenos' son Isaac.