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

 
 

Obverse

St. Euphemia, orans, standing to front. On either side: Η|Α|Γ|Ι|ΑΕΥ|ΦΗ|ΜΙ|Α: Ἡ ἁγία Εὐφημία. Border of dots. 

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a cross above. 

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ΙΑ
ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣΜΑ

ΤΧΑΛΚΗ
ΔΟΝΟΣ

Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ Χαλκηδόνος

Obverse

St. Euphemia, orans, standing to front. On either side: Η|Α|Γ|Ι|ΑΕΥ|ΦΗ|ΜΙ|Α: Ἡ ἁγία Εὐφημία. Border of dots. 

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a cross above. 

+
ΙΑ
ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣΜΑ

ΤΧΑΛΚΗ
ΔΟΝΟΣ

Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ Χαλκηδόνος

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4987
Diameter 34.0 mm; field: 29.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 77.4f.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1719.

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 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)