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Anna Dalassene (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God, the medallion of Christ before her. Details indistinct. No sigla visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

...ο
.θ̣α̣ν̣ν̣η
...αλασι
νη

[Θ(εοτό)κε] βοήθ(ει) Ἄννῃ [τῇ Δ]αλασινῇ

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God, the medallion of Christ before her. Details indistinct. No sigla visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

...ο
.θ̣α̣ν̣ν̣η
...αλασι
νη

[Θ(εοτό)κε] βοήθ(ει) Ἄννῃ [τῇ Δ]αλασινῇ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3557
Diameter 19.0 mm; field: 14.0 mm
Condition Partially effaced.
Previous Editions

Cheynet, "Les Dalassènoi," no. 25.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἄννῃ τῇ Δαλασινῇ.

Mother of God, help Anna Dalassene.

Commentary

The owner of this seal should not be identified as the famous Anna Dalassene (mother of the emperor Alexios I Komnenos), many of whose seals are preserved. Here we have a relative, likely a cousin, of the same name. See Cheynet's comments to his edition of the seal.

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