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David Komnenos (before 1214)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.371
Diameter 45 mm
Field diameter 38 mm
Condition Badly effaced, poorly executed

Obverse

Badly effaced image of King David, holding a trefoil sceptre in his right hand and an akakia (or scroll) in his left. No lettering visible.

Reverse

An inscription of six lines, a cross above and a decoration below. Line border. The surface has been gouged to give the appearance of a channel.

̅̅̅σ..ευ
σφλε..ρ
φνκυροσ
̅̅̅κομνηνου
σιλεγγο
νουγιν
   

Δα(βὶ)δ βασ[ιλ]ε[ῦ] ἀσφαλὲ[ς γ]ραφῶν κύρος Δα(βὶ)δ Κομνηνοῦ βασιλεγγόνου γίνου

Translation

Δαβὶδ βασιλεῦ ἀσφαλής γραφῶν κύρος Δαβὶδ Κομνηνοῦ βασιλεγγόνου γίνου.

King David, be the secure guarantor of the documents of the grandson of an emperor, David Komnenos.

Commentary

This specimen, weighing over 60 grams, appears to be a metallic copy of seals struck by David Komnenos, grandson of Andronikos I (1183-1185). There is no channel. The workmanship is very poor, and the inscription on the reverse contains two egregious and one minor error. Also worthy of note on this specimen is the use of the epithet "basileggonou" ("grandson of the emperor"), as opposed to "basilekgonou" ("descendant of the emperor") found on other seals attributed to David Komnenos.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.371
Diameter 45 mm
Field diameter 38 mm
Condition Badly effaced, poorly executed
Accession number BZS.1947.2.371
Diameter 45 mm
Field diameter 38 mm
Condition Badly effaced, poorly executed

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.371
Diameter 45 mm
Field diameter 38 mm
Condition Badly effaced, poorly executed