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John Komnenos, sebastos (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St Demetrios holding a spear and shield. Inscription on either side: |Δ|ΗΜ|Η̣Τ|ΡΙ|ΟΣ: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Δημήτριος. Within concentric borders of dots, traces of a circular inscription beginning at twelve o'clock. Illegible.

Reverse

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


ΣΦΡΑΓ,
ΚΟΜΝΗΝ̣,
Ι̅ΗΕΣ̣.
ΑΣΤ̣

σφραγ(ὶς) Κομνην(οῦ) Ἰω(άννου) ἥδε σ[ε]βαστοῦ

Obverse

Bust of St Demetrios holding a spear and shield. Inscription on either side: |Δ|ΗΜ|Η̣Τ|ΡΙ|ΟΣ: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Δημήτριος. Within concentric borders of dots, traces of a circular inscription beginning at twelve o'clock. Illegible.

Reverse

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


ΣΦΡΑΓ,
ΚΟΜΝΗΝ̣,
Ι̅ΗΕΣ̣.
ΑΣΤ̣

σφραγ(ὶς) Κομνην(οῦ) Ἰω(άννου) ἥδε σ[ε]βαστοῦ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4132
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2498.

Translation

σφραγὶς Κομνηνοῦ Ἰωάννου ἥδε σεβαστοῦ.

This is the seal of the sebastos John Komnenos.

Commentary

Wassiliou-Seibt read the owner's Christian name as Constantine and gave his title as protosebastos, but it is clear on close inspection of the seal that his name was John and held the title of sebastos.