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Andronikos Lapardas, sebastos and chartoularios (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

The Mother of God (Hagiosoritissa) standing, turned to her left with her hands outstretched towards the manus Dei in the upper right. Sigla on either side: ̅θυ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. |γιο|σο|ριτ|ι̣σ|σα : ἡ Ἁγιοσορίτισσα. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


σφργισ
σεουλ
πρδτο̣του
π̣ικλ̣ην..ρο
νικο̣υ̣πευ
κεχρτου
λριου

σφραγὶς σεβαστοῦ Λαπαρδᾶ τὸ τούπίκλην Ἀ[νδ]ρονίκου πέφυκε χαρτουλαρίου

Obverse

The Mother of God (Hagiosoritissa) standing, turned to her left with her hands outstretched towards the manus Dei in the upper right. Sigla on either side: ̅θυ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. |γιο|σο|ριτ|ι̣σ|σα : ἡ Ἁγιοσορίτισσα. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


σφργισ
σεουλ
πρδτο̣του
π̣ικλ̣ην..ρο
νικο̣υ̣πευ
κεχρτου
λριου

σφραγὶς σεβαστοῦ Λαπαρδᾶ τὸ τούπίκλην Ἀ[νδ]ρονίκου πέφυκε χαρτουλαρίου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1195
Diameter 34.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2835 (with commentary).

Translation

σφραγὶς σεβαστοῦ Λαπαρδᾶ τὸ τούπίκλην Ἀνδρονίκου πέφυκε χαρτουλαρίου.

This is the seal of the sebastos and chartoularios Andronikos, Lapardas by surname.

Commentary

The owner is to be identified as the Andronikos Lapardas who married Theodora Komnene, the great grand-daughter of the emperor John II Komnenos (1118-1143) and is attested as sebastos, oikeios vestiarites and chartoularios in 1166. For his opposition to Andronikos I (1183-1185) he was arrested and blinded, and died not long afterwards. This seal bearing his name, title, and office must therefore be dated to the years betwen 1166 and 1183.