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John (Angelos), sebastos (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

In the centre, an image of St. Nicholas offering a blessing and holding the book. On either side, an inscription in columns: |ν|ι|κ|ολ|α|ο : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλαος. Along the circumference, within concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at twelve o'clock:

επισραζετασαασμυρολυτατπανσεαστσεαστι

ἐπισφράγιζε τὰς γραφὰς, μυροβλύτα τοῦ πανσεβάστου σεβαστοῦ Ἰω(άννου)

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
ουπισ
ηκισρισσ
κιυνευνε
τησομιμονοσ
νκτοσ
ισκιου
  

οὗ παῖς ἡ καισάρισσα καὶ ξυνευνέτης ὁμαίμονος ἄνακτος Ἰσαακίου

Obverse

In the centre, an image of St. Nicholas offering a blessing and holding the book. On either side, an inscription in columns: |ν|ι|κ|ολ|α|ο : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλαος. Along the circumference, within concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning with a cross at twelve o'clock:

επισραζετασαασμυρολυτατπανσεαστσεαστι

ἐπισφράγιζε τὰς γραφὰς, μυροβλύτα τοῦ πανσεβάστου σεβαστοῦ Ἰω(άννου)

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
ουπισ
ηκισρισσ
κιυνευνε
τησομιμονοσ
νκτοσ
ισκιου
  

οὗ παῖς ἡ καισάρισσα καὶ ξυνευνέτης ὁμαίμονος ἄνακτος Ἰσαακίου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1145
Diameter 32.0 mm; field: 30.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 767.

Translation

ἐπισφράγιζε τὰς γραφὰς, μυροβλύτα τοῦ πανσεβάστου σεβαστοῦ Ἰωάννου οὗ παῖς ἡ καισάρισσα καὶ ξυνευνέτης ὁμαίμονος ἄνακτος Ἰσαακίου.

You who secreet healing oil, set your seal upon the letters of John, sebastos venerated by all, whose child is the kaisarissa and wife of the emperor Isaac's brother.

Commentary

The owner of this seal proclaims that his daughter is the kaisarissa married to a brother of the emperor Isaac, in this case Isaac II Angelos (1185-1195, 1203-1204). Either of his younger brothers Theodore and Michael could be the man to whom this kaisarissa was married.

The epithet μυροβλήτης refers to St. Nicholas as the "producer of myrrh"; it also echoes the place of his birth, Myra.