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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.

δουλ

Κύριε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


ΕΑ,
ΘΑΡ
ΤΙΓΤ
ΝΑΤ

νδρέᾳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγ τον Ἀνατολικῶν

Obverse

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

δουλ

Κύριε βοήθι τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


ΕΑ,
ΘΑΡ
ΤΙΓΤ
ΝΑΤ

νδρέᾳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ στρατιγ τον Ἀνατολικῶν

Accession number BZS.1955.1.1358
Diameter 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.46.

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.1955.1.1357 are exact copies of each other, but the present one is larger than the other and had its matrix carved by a less experienced or less talented craftsman (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)