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N. Theophilopoulos (thirteenth century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

A military saint standing, holding his shield with his left hand and his cloak and spear with his right. Traces of an inscription on either side. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a cross above. Indeterminate border.


σ̣φ̣ρ̣γισ
γρφων
ουθεοφηλ
π̣ουλου

σφράγισ[μ]α γραφῶν [τ]οῦ Θεοφηλ[ο]πούλου

Obverse

A military saint standing, holding his shield with his left hand and his cloak and spear with his right. Traces of an inscription on either side. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a cross above. Indeterminate border.


σ̣φ̣ρ̣γισ
γρφων
ουθεοφηλ
π̣ουλου

σφράγισ[μ]α γραφῶν [τ]οῦ Θεοφηλ[ο]πούλου

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4311
Diameter 33.0 mm
Previous Editions

See PBW: Anonymous 20294.

Translation

σφράγισμα γραφῶν τοῦ Θεοφηλοπούλου.

Seal of the letters of Theophilopoulos.

Commentary

The inscription on either side of the saint shown on the obverse is too badly damaged to offer a definitive reading of his name. The Η visible at the lower left may have formed part of the name Demetrios, but we note that another seal of Theophilopoulos has St George engraved on the obverse. Ordinarily we might infer the owner's Christian name from the saint selected for his seal, especially on metrical seals, but the apparent difference between these two specimens rules such an inference out.