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

 
 

Obverse

St. Euphemia, orans, standing on a dais. On either side: 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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Ι̅Α
ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣΜΑ

ΤΧΑΛΚΗ
ΔΟΝΟΣ

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Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ Χαλκηδόνος

Obverse

St. Euphemia, orans, standing on a dais. On either side: 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. 

+
Ι̅Α
ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣΜΑ

ΤΧΑΛΚΗ
ΔΟΝΟΣ

  

Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ Χαλκηδόνος

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4985
Diameter 34.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 77.4b.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1719.
Cf. Seyrig, no. 238; Zacos-Veglery 2, no. 505  

Translation

Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ Χαλκηδόνος.

Seal of John (bishop of) Chalcedon.

Commentary

This seal is edited jointly with BZS 1955.1.4984, a better preserved specimen from the same boulloterion.

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

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)