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Andrew imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Anatolikoi (ninth/tenth century

 
 

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on two steps. Between two borders of dots, circular inscription.

ΚΕΟΗΘΙΤΣΔΟΥΛ

Κύριε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines followed by a row of pellets. Border of dots.

+ΝΔ
ΕΣΠ
ΘΡΣΤΡ
ΤΙΓΤΟΝ
ΝΤΟΛ

Ἀνδρέᾳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγ τον Ἀνατολικῶν

Obverse

Patriarchal cross on two steps. Between two borders of dots, circular inscription.

ΚΕΟΗΘΙΤΣΔΟΥΛ

Κύριε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines followed by a row of pellets. Border of dots.

+ΝΔ
ΕΣΠ
ΘΡΣΤΡ
ΤΙΓΤΟΝ
ΝΤΟΛ

Ἀνδρέᾳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγ τον Ἀνατολικῶν

Accession number BZS.1955.1.1357
Diameter 21.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.45.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀνδρέᾳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγῷ τον Ἀνατολικῶν.

Lord, help your servant Andreas, imperial protospatharios and strategos of the Anatolikoi.

Commentary

This seal and BZS.1955.1.1358 are exact copies of each other, but the present one is smaller than the other and had its matrix carved by a more experienced or more talented craftsman; perhaps the other seal was engraved in the province? They obviously belonged to the same person.

Bibliography

  • Catalogue of Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and at the Fogg Museum of Art, Vol. 3: West, Northwest, and Central Asia Minor and the Orient (Open in Zotero)
  • Byzantine Lead Seals, Vol. 2 (Open in Zotero)
  • Byzantine Lead Seals, Vol. 1 (Open in Zotero)
  • Documents de sigillographie byzantine: La collection C. Orghidan (Open in Zotero)
  • Sceaux byzantins du Musée National de Varsovie (Open in Zotero)
  • Les listes de préséance byzantines des IXe et Xe siècles (Open in Zotero)
  • Byzantinische Rang- und Ämterstruktur im 8. und 9. Jahrhundert: Faktoren und Tendenzen ihrer Entwicklung (Open in Zotero)