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Theodore Komnenos, kouropalates and doux of Paphlagonia (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

St. Demetrios standing frontally, holding a spear in his right hand, his left hand resting on a round shield set on the ground. Vertical inscription on either side: ο|α|γι|οσ-δ|η|.η|τρ : Ὁ ἅγιος Δη[μ]ήτρι(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

κεοηθ,
τ΄σδλ
εδρκ
οπλΤSδ
κιφλγο
κομνη
- ν -

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ(ει) τ(ῷ) σῷ δούλῳ [Θ]εοδώρῳ κου[ρ]οπαλάτ(ῃ) (καὶ) δουκὶ Παφλαγο[ν(ίας) τ]ῷ Κομνηνῷ

Obverse

St. Demetrios standing frontally, holding a spear in his right hand, his left hand resting on a round shield set on the ground. Vertical inscription on either side: ο|α|γι|οσ-δ|η|.η|τρ : Ὁ ἅγιος Δη[μ]ήτρι(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

κεοηθ,
τ΄σδλ
εδρκ
οπλΤSδ
κιφλγο
κομνη
- ν -

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθ(ει) τ(ῷ) σῷ δούλῳ [Θ]εοδώρῳ κου[ρ]οπαλάτ(ῃ) (καὶ) δουκὶ Παφλαγο[ν(ίας) τ]ῷ Κομνηνῷ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4551
Diameter 31.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 11.4.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδώρῳ κουροπαλάτῃ καὶ δουκὶ Παφλαγονίας τῷ Κομνηνῷ.

Lord, help your servant Theodore Komnenos, kouropalates and doux of Paphlagonia.

Commentary

It is quite a feat on the engraver's part that he omitted one letter on almost every line of the reverse and in places where no abbreviation is conceivable. Truly remarkable.

A seal of Theodore Komnenos kouropalates and doux of Paphlagonia (?) (Παιφαγονίας, ed.) was seen at the bazar of Istanbul and published in EO 5 (1901-2) 306, no. 6. Another (perhaps the same) specimen appeared in Sale 62 (20 April 1993) of the House Gorny (no. 722).