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Basil anagnapharios (tenth century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

A duck facing right. Circular inscription beginning at twelve o’clock. Border of dots.

ΚΕΟΗΘΗΤΟΣΟΟΥΛΟ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη το σο δούλο

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross, preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


ΣΙ
ΛΙΝ
ΓΝΦΡ
ΗΩΥ

Βασιλίῳ ἀναγναφαρήῳ υ

Obverse

A duck facing right. Circular inscription beginning at twelve o’clock. Border of dots.

ΚΕΟΗΘΗΤΟΣΟΟΥΛΟ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη το σο δούλο

Reverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross, preceded and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


ΣΙ
ΛΙΝ
ΓΝΦΡ
ΗΩΥ

Βασιλίῳ ἀναγναφαρήῳ υ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2677
Diameter 23.0 mm; field: 17.0 mm

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη το σο δούλο Βασιλίῳ ἀναγναφαρήῳ υ.

Lord, help your servant Basil anagnaphareos (?).

Commentary

On this seal and the term anagnapharios, "fuller," or textile worker, also attested on a seal of a Stephen (BZS.1955.1.4506), see Werner Seibt, "Some seals of Byzantine professional men," in ΑΝΤΙΧΑΡΙΣΜΑΤΟΣ ΕΠΙΣΦΡΑΓΙΣΙΣ: A tribute to Prof. Ivan Jordanov's 70th birthday, 431-32.

Seibt suggests that the end of the last line on the reverse is damaged; it may have presented a decoration, or perhaps the letters ΙΔ, in which case the owner would have worked in the eidikon, "as primikerios the head of the corporation of anagnapharioi in the capital."