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John protekdikos (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Standing, facing Virgin holding the child in front of her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Mother of God. Inscription: Η|Μ|Α|Χ|ΑΙΡΩ|ΘΕΙ|Σ|Α: ἡ Μαχαιρωθείσα. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines with decoration above. Border of dots.


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ΣΦΡΓΙΣΜ
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ΔΙΚΟΥ

Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ πρωτεκδίκου

Obverse

Standing, facing Virgin holding the child in front of her. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Mother of God. Inscription: Η|Μ|Α|Χ|ΑΙΡΩ|ΘΕΙ|Σ|Α: ἡ Μαχαιρωθείσα. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines with decoration above. Border of dots.


ΙΟΥ
ΣΦΡΓΙΣΜ
ΤΠΡΤΕΚ
ΔΙΚΟΥ

Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ πρωτεκδίκου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1248
Diameter 34.0 mm; field: 27.0 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 109. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1072b.

Translation

Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ πρωτεκδίκου.

Seal of John, protekdikos.

Commentary

Dodecasyllable. The type of the Virgin here depicted is discussed by Galavaris, "The Mother of God, 'Stabbed with a Knife'," and Seibt, "Die Darstellung der Theotokos," 45-46. Cf. Seyrig, no. 237, BZS.1955.1.4995. The image copied on these seals was likely in Hagia Sophia, as the offices of the individuals who place it on their seals indicate.