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Isaac Komnenos (before 1185)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.532
Diameter 43 mm
Field diameter 36 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos, Byzantine Lead Seals, no. 2736; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1116.

Obverse

Image of St. George, standing, his left hand resting on his shield, his right hand holding a spear. Line border. On either side, the sigla (the letters on the left are arranged in the shape of a cross): ο|α|Γ|Ι ΟΣ  γε|γι|οσὁ ἅγιος Γεώργιος.

Reverse

An inscription consisting of three twelve-syllable verses, engraved in eight lines.


..μνηνο
δουκοπιδα
τροπτροθεν
ισκιονοσσε
οκρτορ
θυγτροπισγμ
ροστεμρτυσ
μεσκεποισ


Κομνηνοδουκόπαιδα μητροπατρόθεν Ἰσαάκιον ὃς σεβαστοκρατόρων θυγατρόπαις γαμβρός τε, μάρτυς, με σκέποις

Translation

Κομνηνοδουκόπαιδα μητροπατρόθεν Ἰσαάκιον ὃς σεβαστοκρατόρων θυγατρόπαις γαμβρός τε, μάρτυς, με σκέποις.

Martyr, watch over me, Isaac, a descendant of the Komnenoi and Doukai through my mother and father, the son of a sebastokrator's daughter and brother-in-law to another.

Commentary

The owner of this seal has been identified as Isaac Komnenos Doukas, grandson (on his mother's side) of Isaac Komnenos, the elder brother of the emperor Manuel I Komnenos (1143-1180). His father was an unknown member of the Doukas-Kamateros line. The Isaac of this seal is famous for having proclaimed himself emperor of Cyprus in 1184 (or the next year) in defiance of Andronikos I Komnenos. His reign ended in 1191 when he was defeated by Richard the Lionhearted, dying in imprisonment shortly afterwards. Similar seals, with slightly different epigraphy, also exist; but it is noteworthy that the seals Isaac struck while emperor (despotes) of Cyprus show St. Theodore rather than St. George. See Jordanov, Byzantine Seals from Bulgaria, vol. 2, no. 350; Metcalfe, Seals from Cyprus, no. 412.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.532
Diameter 43 mm
Field diameter 36 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos, Byzantine Lead Seals, no. 2736; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1116.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.532
Diameter 43 mm
Field diameter 36 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos, Byzantine Lead Seals, no. 2736; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1116.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.532
Diameter 43 mm
Field diameter 36 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos, Byzantine Lead Seals, no. 2736; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1116.

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