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John Dalassenos, kaisar (twelfth century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

The Mother of God seated on a backless throne holding the Child in her lap. Inscription on either side: ̅θυ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Metrical inscription in seven lines. Border of dots.


...δαλα̣
σΌνδεσπο̣
τiΆ.n
tῸneὐthx
 kaΊ.αραπαρ
θ..εσκΈ
.οισ

[τὸν] Δαλασηνὸν δεσπότην Ἰωά[ν]νην τὸν εὐτυχῆ καί[σ]αρα, παρθ[έν]ε, σκέ[π]οις

Obverse

The Mother of God seated on a backless throne holding the Child in her lap. Inscription on either side: ̅θυ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Metrical inscription in seven lines. Border of dots.


...δαλα̣
σΌνδεσπο̣
τiΆ.n
tῸneὐthx
 kaΊ.αραπαρ
θ..εσκΈ
.οισ

[τὸν] Δαλασηνὸν δεσπότην Ἰωά[ν]νην τὸν εὐτυχῆ καί[σ]αρα, παρθ[έν]ε, σκέ[π]οις

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4916
Diameter 40.0 mm; field: 35.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cheynet, "Les Dalassènoi," no. 30.

Translation

τὸν Δαλασηνὸν δεσπότην Ἰωάννην τὸν εὐτυχῆ καίσαρα, παρθένε, σκέποις.

Virgin, may you protect the lord John Dalassenos, the blessèd kaisar.

Commentary

This seal will have been struck some time between 1138 and 1152 when John Dalassenos is known to have held the rank of kaisar; see Cheynet's commentary to the edition cited in this entry.

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