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John Triakontaphyllos protoproedros and praitor of Bulgaria (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5354
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Oxidized; blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 29.4.
Cf. a similar specimen, probably from the same boulloterion, published in Sig., 241, no. 5 (Schlumberger collection); another (?) was acquired by the British Museum before 1875 (Catalogue of the Additions in the Department of Manuscripts of the British Museum, 1854-75, 827) and was published by Birch, nos. 17780, 17782 (with ref. to Sig.). A very similar specimen, inaccurately described and read, belonged to a certain Hadji Agop in the nineteenth century: Ἑλλ. Φιλολ. Σύλλ. 17 (1886), Suppl., 145.

Obverse

Military saint standing frontally, holding spear and scabbard. Inscription at left: : Ὁ ἅγιος. This must be St. Demetrios, who appears on the British Museum specimen. No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines; ornament below. Border of dots.

.ΑΠΡΟΕ
ΡΠΡΑΙ
ΡΙο.λ
γαριαστ.
τριακον..
φυλλ

Κύριε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ πρωτοπροέδρῳ καὶ πραίτωρι Βουλγαρίας τ Τριακονταφύλλῳ

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ πρωτοπροέδρῳ καὶ πραίτωρι Βουλγαρίας τῷ Τριακονταφύλλῳ.

Lord, help John Triakontaphyllos, protoproedros and praitor of Bulgaria.

Commentary

Because of the lack of space, it is unlikely that the obverse was decorated with two military saints, as Schlumberger thought. We know of several other eleventh-century seals that belonged to John Triakontaphyllos (e.g., Sig., 710-11; Birch, no. 17933; Konstantopoulos, no. 391.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5354
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Oxidized; blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 29.4.
Cf. a similar specimen, probably from the same boulloterion, published in Sig., 241, no. 5 (Schlumberger collection); another (?) was acquired by the British Museum before 1875 (Catalogue of the Additions in the Department of Manuscripts of the British Museum, 1854-75, 827) and was published by Birch, nos. 17780, 17782 (with ref. to Sig.). A very similar specimen, inaccurately described and read, belonged to a certain Hadji Agop in the nineteenth century: Ἑλλ. Φιλολ. Σύλλ. 17 (1886), Suppl., 145.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5354
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Oxidized; blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 29.4.
Cf. a similar specimen, probably from the same boulloterion, published in Sig., 241, no. 5 (Schlumberger collection); another (?) was acquired by the British Museum before 1875 (Catalogue of the Additions in the Department of Manuscripts of the British Museum, 1854-75, 827) and was published by Birch, nos. 17780, 17782 (with ref. to Sig.). A very similar specimen, inaccurately described and read, belonged to a certain Hadji Agop in the nineteenth century: Ἑλλ. Φιλολ. Σύλλ. 17 (1886), Suppl., 145.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5354
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Oxidized; blank too small for die.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 29.4.
Cf. a similar specimen, probably from the same boulloterion, published in Sig., 241, no. 5 (Schlumberger collection); another (?) was acquired by the British Museum before 1875 (Catalogue of the Additions in the Department of Manuscripts of the British Museum, 1854-75, 827) and was published by Birch, nos. 17780, 17782 (with ref. to Sig.). A very similar specimen, inaccurately described and read, belonged to a certain Hadji Agop in the nineteenth century: Ἑλλ. Φιλολ. Σύλλ. 17 (1886), Suppl., 145.

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