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Christophoros episkeptites of Mesopotamia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3313
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 55.1.

Better preserved specimens are published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 398, and Ebersolt, Sceaux, no. 383.

Obverse

Bust of a bishop-saint, no doubt St. Nicholas, blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left hand. Remnants of a vertical inscription at right: ο|λ : [Ὁ ἅγιος Νικ]όλ[αος]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a decoration below. Border of dots.

ριστ..
.πισε
ιτ,μεσ
οποταμ
– 

[Χ]ριστ[οφ(όρῳ) ἐ]πισκεπτίτ(ῃ) Μεσοποταμ(ίας)

Translation

Χριστοφόρῳ ἐπισκεπτίτῃ Μεσοποταμίας.

Christophoros, episkeptites of Mesopotamia.

Commentary

Another seal of an episkeptites of Mesopotamia is mentioned in the Mordtmann collection (A. Mordtmann, "Plombs byzantins de la Grèce et du Péleponnèse," RA 33 [1877], 297; still unpublished, as far as we know). These seals indicate that part of the land in Mesopotamia was converted into an episkepsis for direct exploitation by the state.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3313
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 55.1.

Better preserved specimens are published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 398, and Ebersolt, Sceaux, no. 383.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3313
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 55.1.

Better preserved specimens are published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 398, and Ebersolt, Sceaux, no. 383.

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