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The diakonia of the procession of the Blachernae (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.15
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Token.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 31.2a; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1203. A similar specimen is listed in Sig., 149.

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God, turned to the left, extending her arms before her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines preceded by decoration. Border of dots.


τησδι
ακονιασ
τησυπο
στρ,φηστ
λαχερ
ν,

Τῆς διακονίας τῆς ὑποστρ(ο)φῆς τ(ῶν) Βλαχερν(ῶν)

Translation

Τῆς διακονίας τῆς ὑποστροφῆς τῶν Βλαχερνῶν.

(Seal) of the diakonia of the procession of the Blachernae.

Commentary

The reverse is a fifteen-syllable verse. In Laurent's view, the seal attests a "service organized the return of the Blachernae of an imperial procession..." In our opinion it reflects the service's charitable activities on the occasion of a procession returning from a sanctuary or public building to the church of the Blachernae.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.15
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Token.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 31.2a; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1203. A similar specimen is listed in Sig., 149.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.15
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Token.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 31.2a; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1203. A similar specimen is listed in Sig., 149.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.15
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Token.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 31.2a; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1203. A similar specimen is listed in Sig., 149.