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John bishop (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: μ̅θυ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

.φ̣ραγι̣σ̣
ι̅επισ
κοπγ,
αφη̣σ̣

[σ]φραγὶς Ἰω(άννῃ) ἐπισκόπῳ γ(ρ)αφῆς

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: μ̅θυ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

.φ̣ραγι̣σ̣
ι̅επισ
κοπγ,
αφη̣σ̣

[σ]φραγὶς Ἰω(άννῃ) ἐπισκόπῳ γ(ρ)αφῆς

Accession number BZS.1977.34.31
Diameter 15.0 mm; field: 13.0 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.

Translation

σφραγὶς Ἰωάννῃ ἐπισκόπῳ γραφῆς.

The letter's seal belongs to the bishop John.

Commentary

The poor state of the epigraphy on this seal makes the reading of the inscription provisional. If our transcription is correct, the inscription seems to be metrical in intent, if not in result, consisting of two six-syllable hemistichs in a rather clumsy dodecasyllabic verse.