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John apo hypaton (seventh century)

 
 

Obverse

A standing figure (perhaps St. John) holding a long cross diagonally in the left hand. A cypress tree to left; another different tree to the right. In the upper left of field, the image of Christ with a cruciform nimbus. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

̣Θ..
ΤΟΚΕ..
ΗΘΗΙΑΝ
Ν̣ΙΑΠΟΥΠ
Α̣ΤΝ

Θ[εο]τόκε [βο]ηθη 'Ιωά[ν]νι ἀπὸ ὑπ[ά]των

Obverse

A standing figure (perhaps St. John) holding a long cross diagonally in the left hand. A cypress tree to left; another different tree to the right. In the upper left of field, the image of Christ with a cruciform nimbus. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Wreath border.

̣Θ..
ΤΟΚΕ..
ΗΘΗΙΑΝ
Ν̣ΙΑΠΟΥΠ
Α̣ΤΝ

Θ[εο]τόκε [βο]ηθη 'Ιωά[ν]νι ἀπὸ ὑπ[ά]των

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4138
Diameter 29.0 mm
Condition Chipped and corroded.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει 'Ιωάννι ἀπὸ ὑπάτων.

Theotokos, help John apo hypaton.

Commentary

The reading of this seal has been confirmed with reference to the better preserved parallel cited in this entry.