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Basil vestes, judge of the Velum and of Paphlagonia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.128
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Corroded on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 11.8.

Obverse

The Virgin seated on a high backed throne with a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅ –..: Μή(τη)ρ [Θ(εο)ῦ]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

..κ̅εR,θ,
...ιλει
..στηκριτ,
.RηλουS
τησπαφλ΄
α.

[Θ(εοτό)]κε β(οή)θ(ει) [Βασ]ιλείῳ [βέ]στῃ, κριτ(ῇ) [τ]οῦ βήλου (καὶ) τῆς Παφλ(αγ)[ον]ήα[ς]

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Βασιλείῳ βέστῃ, κριτῇ τοῦ βήλου καὶ τῆς Παφλαγονήας.

Mother of God, help Basil vestes, judge of the Velum and of Paphlagonia.

Commentary

The restoration of the last word is problematic because the abbreviations are unusual. Another possibility would be Παφλ(αγονίας) [τῷ] Ἠλ[ίᾳ], which is also uncertain and has the disadvantage of introducing further uncertainties. Be that as it may, the name of the province, Paphlagonia, is secure. We know the seal of a Basil protospatharios and judge of Paphlagonia (SBS 6, 1999, 130).

Accession number BZS.1947.2.128
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Corroded on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 11.8.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.128
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 20 mm
Condition Corroded on one side.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 11.8.

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