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Constantine Doukas Komnenos Palaiologos, despotes (thirteenth/fourteenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Constantine Doukas Komnenos Palaiologos, born in the purple, standing full length in royal garb, holding a sceptre with a jewelled top. Epigraphy on either side: 

κ|α||τι|οσεσ|ποτη|σπορ|φυρ|ο

γε|ητοσ|κασ|κομη|οσοπα|λαιολο|γοσ :

Κωνσταντῖνος δεσπότης πορφυρογέννητος Δούκας Κομνηνὸς ὁ Παλαιολόγος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of eight lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

σφραγισ
οχσ̅καιφυλακτ
ηρκαισκεπηαα
κτοπαιοσεσπο
τουκατι
καιπορφυραθ
σουκαπαλαι
ολογου

σφραγὶς ὁ Χ(ριστὸ)ς καὶ φυλακτὴρ καὶ σκέπη ἀνακτόπαιδος δεσπότου Κωνσταντίνου καὶ πορφυρανθοῦς Δούκα Παλαιολόγου

Obverse

Constantine Doukas Komnenos Palaiologos, born in the purple, standing full length in royal garb, holding a sceptre with a jewelled top. Epigraphy on either side: 

κ|α||τι|οσεσ|ποτη|σπορ|φυρ|ο

γε|ητοσ|κασ|κομη|οσοπα|λαιολο|γοσ :

Κωνσταντῖνος δεσπότης πορφυρογέννητος Δούκας Κομνηνὸς ὁ Παλαιολόγος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of eight lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

σφραγισ
οχσ̅καιφυλακτ
ηρκαισκεπηαα
κτοπαιοσεσπο
τουκατι
καιπορφυραθ
σουκαπαλαι
ολογου

σφραγὶς ὁ Χ(ριστὸ)ς καὶ φυλακτὴρ καὶ σκέπη ἀνακτόπαιδος δεσπότου Κωνσταντίνου καὶ πορφυρανθοῦς Δούκα Παλαιολόγου

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4368
Previous Editions

Zacos, 2758b; see also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2698a.

Translation

σφραγὶς ὁ Χριστὸς καὶ φυλακτὴρ καὶ σκέπη ἀνακτόπαιδος δεσπότου Κωνσταντίνου καὶ πορφυρανθοῦς Δούκα Παλαιολόγου.

Christ is the seal and the guardian and the protector of the despotes Constantine Doukas Palaiologos, son of the emperor and issue of the royal seed.

Commentary

Zacos pointed to two candidates in identifying the owner of this seal, both sons of emperors born in the purple. The first is Constantine, third son of Michael VIII Palaiologos (1261-1282), born some time around 1260; the second is Constantine, son of Andronikos II (1282-1328), born in 1277 and brought up for the dignity of despotes (according to Pachymeres). For reasons of the depiction of the figure on the seal, Zacos preferred to assign the second candidate as the seal's owner.