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Theodore hypatos, son of David (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1611
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Condition Cracked at lower opening of the channel. Blank slightly too small for die.

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). Circular inscription between two borders of dots.

..σωδουλωκι.ωσω....

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ καὶ τῷ σῷ . . .

Reverse

Cruciform monogram, reading Θεοδώρῳ. Circular inscription between two borders of dots.

.πατωυ.ωδαυι.

Θεοδώρῳ πάτῳ ὑίῳ Δαυίδ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ καὶ τῷ σῷ . . . Θεοδώρῳ ὑπάτῳ ὑίῳ Δαυίδ.

Theotokos, help your servant and your attendant Theodore hypatos, son of David.

Commentary

In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection, Laurent postulate that there is a family name after δούλῳ in the obverse circular inscription, and moreover dates this seal to the ninth/tenth century. However the style of the seal is much more reminiscent of the eighth century, and in the eighth century--or indeed even in the early tenth, it would be beyond surprising to find a family name on a seal, let alone in such a strange place within the inscription. More likely this is continuation of the invocation as the remains of the inscription seem to indicate.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1611
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Condition Cracked at lower opening of the channel. Blank slightly too small for die.

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Accession number BZS.1947.2.1611
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Condition Cracked at lower opening of the channel. Blank slightly too small for die.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1611
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Condition Cracked at lower opening of the channel. Blank slightly too small for die.

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