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Andronikos Doukas Angelos (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

The Annunciation. The angel Gabriel, at left, approaches the Virgin who is standing before a backless chair. Traces of an inscription between the two figures: ρε|τ|ι : [ὁ Χαι]ρετι[σμός]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, top line missing. Border of dots.

.......
ε̣ρπορφυρ̣
λ̣ακλαδον̣
νδρονικο
ουκαεπαρ̣
θενεσκε
ποισ

[ἄνανδρε μ(ῆτ)]ερ, πορφυρ[οβ]λάστου κλάδον [Ἀ]νδρόνικον [Δ]ούκαν με, παρθένε, σκέποις

Obverse

The Annunciation. The angel Gabriel, at left, approaches the Virgin who is standing before a backless chair. Traces of an inscription between the two figures: ρε|τ|ι : [ὁ Χαι]ρετι[σμός]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, top line missing. Border of dots.

.......
ε̣ρπορφυρ̣
λ̣ακλαδον̣
νδρονικο
ουκαεπαρ̣
θενεσκε
ποισ

[ἄνανδρε μ(ῆτ)]ερ, πορφυρ[οβ]λάστου κλάδον [Ἀ]νδρόνικον [Δ]ούκαν με, παρθένε, σκέποις

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1334
Diameter 37.0 mm
Condition Struck off center.
Previous Editions

This specimen should be listed under the entry in Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 97. 

Translation

ἄνανδρε Μῆτερ, πορφυροβλάστου κλάδον Ἀνδρόνικον Δούκαν με, παρθένε, σκέποις.

Virgin Mother, may you protect me, Andronikos Doukas, offspring of royal parentage.

Commentary

Andronikos Doukas Angelos (ca. 1133-ca. 1185) was the son of Theodora Komnene, a daughter of Alexios I Komnenos (hence the epithet πορφυροβλάστος in the inscription) and the father of the emperors Isaac II and Alexios III.