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John Dalassenos, despotes and kaisar (twelfth century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

Mother of God seated on throne with the Christ child on her lap. Sigla partially preserved at right: θυ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

τονδ
σηνονδ
τιαν̣
τονευτ
καισαρ
.ενεσ
ποι

τὸν Δ[αλα]σηνὸν δ[εσπό]την Ἰωάν[νην] τὸν εὐτ[υχῆ] καίσαρ[α Παρθ]ένε σ[κέ]ποι[ς]

Obverse

Mother of God seated on throne with the Christ child on her lap. Sigla partially preserved at right: θυ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

τονδ
σηνονδ
τιαν̣
τονευτ
καισαρ
.ενεσ
ποι

τὸν Δ[αλα]σηνὸν δ[εσπό]την Ἰωάν[νην] τὸν εὐτ[υχῆ] καίσαρ[α Παρθ]ένε σ[κέ]ποι[ς]

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4050
Diameter 32.0 mm
Condition Half of seal, sectioned vertically.
Previous Editions

This seal should be added to those edited by Zacos 2722c, and Cheynet, "Les Dalassènoi," no. 30.

Translation

τὸν Δαλασηνὸν δεσπότην Ἰωάννην τὸν εὐτυχῆ καίσαρα, Παρθένε σκέποις.

Virgin, may you protect the despotes John Dalassenos, blessed kaisar.

Commentary

This seal will have been struck some time between 1138 and 1152 when John Dalassenos is known to have held the rank of kaisar; see Cheynet's commentary to the edition cited in this entry.