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John pansebastos and parakoimomenos (twelfth/thirteenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Standing figure of St. George holding spear in right hand, with left hand resting on shield. Sigla (shaped in cruciform at left) on either side: Ο|οασ|γ|ιγε|γι|οσ : ὁ ἅγιος Γεώργιος. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣ
ο̣ΜΑΡΤΥΣΤΝ
ΓΡΑΦΝΙΑΝ
ΝΟΥΤΟΥΠΑΝΣΕ
ΑΟΥΚΑΙΠΑ
ΡΑΚΟΙΜΜΕ
ΝΟΥ

σφραγὶς μάρτυς τῶν γραφῶν Ἰωάννου τοῦ πανσεβάστου καὶ παρακοιμωμένου

Obverse

Standing figure of St. George holding spear in right hand, with left hand resting on shield. Sigla (shaped in cruciform at left) on either side: Ο|οασ|γ|ιγε|γι|οσ : ὁ ἅγιος Γεώργιος. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣ
ο̣ΜΑΡΤΥΣΤΝ
ΓΡΑΦΝΙΑΝ
ΝΟΥΤΟΥΠΑΝΣΕ
ΑΟΥΚΑΙΠΑ
ΡΑΚΟΙΜΜΕ
ΝΟΥ

σφραγὶς μάρτυς τῶν γραφῶν Ἰωάννου τοῦ πανσεβάστου καὶ παρακοιμωμένου

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3753
Diameter 45.0 mm; field: 31.0 mm
Condition Broken along the channel into two halves.
Previous Editions

Cf. the related seals published in Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2693 (to which this specimen should be added). See her commentary on the possible identification of the owner as John Ionopolites (mentioned in the history of Niketas Choniates as active during the reign of Alexios III Angelos, 1195-1203).

Translation

σφραγὶς μάρτυς τῶν γραφῶν Ἰωάννου τοῦ πανσεβάστου καὶ παρακοιμωμένου.

The martyr is the seal of the letters of John the pansebastos and parakoimomenos.