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John (metropolitan) of Chalcedon (twelfth/thirteenth century)

 
 

Obverse

St. Euphemia, orans, standing on a dais. Sigla: Η|Α|ΓΙ|ΑΕΥ|ΦΗ|ΜΙ|Α: Ἡ ἁγία Εὐφημία. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, cross above and two horizontal lines below. 

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ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣΜΑ

ΤΧΑΛΚΗ
ΔΟΝΟΣ

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Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ Χαλκηδόνος

Obverse

St. Euphemia, orans, standing on a dais. Sigla: Η|Α|ΓΙ|ΑΕΥ|ΦΗ|ΜΙ|Α: Ἡ ἁγία Εὐφημία. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, cross above and two horizontal lines below. 

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Ι̅Α
ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣΜΑ

ΤΧΑΛΚΗ
ΔΟΝΟΣ

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Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ Χαλκηδόνος

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4984
Diameter 33.0 mm; field: 30.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 77.4a; Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1719.
Cf. Seyrig, no. 238; Zacos-Veglery 2, no. 505, and Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1081a.

Translation

Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ Χαλκηδόνος.

Seal of John (bishop of) Chalcedon.

Commentary

Dodecasyllable. As Laurent observes, the owner of these seals was probably John of Chalcedon who signs with the synod in 1191 and 1192: John Kastamonites (and not Kastomyres), the well-known canonist (see B. Katsaros, Ἰωάννης Κασταμονίτης [Thessalonica, 1988], 298). 

On Chalcedon and the seals of churchmen active there, see BZS 1958.106.35.

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)
  • Le Corpus des sceaux de l’empire byzantin (Open in Zotero)
  • Byzantine Lead Seals, Vol. 2 (Open in Zotero)
  • Les sceaux byzantins de la Collection Henri Seyrig (Open in Zotero)
  • La géographie ecclésiastique de l’empire byzantin, vol. 2, Les églises et les monastères des grands centres byzantins (Open in Zotero)
  • Corpus der byzantinischen Siegel mit metrischen Legenden, Vol. 1, Siegellegenden von Alpha bis inclusive My (Open in Zotero)