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David Komnenos (thirteenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3
Diameter 43 mm
Field diameter 36 mm
Condition Obverse struck slightly off-center.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 600 (with parallels listed); Feind, Verse auf byzantinischen Bleisiegeln I, no. 425.

Obverse

St. Eleutherios standing. Inscription in columns on two sides. Border of dots.

 

Ὁ ἅγιος Ἐλευθέριος

Reverse

Inscription in eight lines. Border of dots.


ΚΟΝΟ
ΟΡΦΥΡΟ
ΛΟΥΛΟ
ΓΟΥΣΕΛΕΥ
ΕΡΙΟΣ
ΠΡΟΣΚΥΡΟΙ
ΘΥΘΥΤΗΣ


Δαβὶδ Κομνηνοῦ πορφυροβλάστου λόγους Ἐλευθέριος προσκυροῖ Θεοῦ θύτης

Translation

Δαβὶδ Κομνηνοῦ πορφυροβλάστου λόγους Ἐλευθέριος προσκυροῖ Θεοῦ θύτης.

May Eleutherios, the priest of God, confirm the words of David Komnenos, born in the purple.

Commentary

The inscription consists of two dodecasyllabic verses.

This seal has several known parallels: Seyrig 573, Ermitazh M-7935 (Likhachev, p. 77), Vatican 178 (Laurent, Vatican, no. 178), Nationalmuseum Belgrade (Maksimović-Popović), Köhler-Osbahr 25 (Seibt and Althoff, no. 25). It is dated to the early thirteenth century (Laurent, Wassiliou-Seibt) and is therefore assigned to David Komnenos, the younger brother of Alexios I of Trebizond (1204-1222). This seal is likely related to BZS.1958.106.5585, which also bears the name of David Komnenos, described as βασιλεκγόνος or "descendant of the Emperor" (Zacos, no. 2754).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3
Diameter 43 mm
Field diameter 36 mm
Condition Obverse struck slightly off-center.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 600 (with parallels listed); Feind, Verse auf byzantinischen Bleisiegeln I, no. 425.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3
Diameter 43 mm
Field diameter 36 mm
Condition Obverse struck slightly off-center.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 600 (with parallels listed); Feind, Verse auf byzantinischen Bleisiegeln I, no. 425.

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