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John (metropolitan) of Chalcedon (twelfth/thirteen century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4984

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 77.4a.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1719.
Cf. Seyrig, no. 238; Zacos-Veglery 2, no. 505 

Details

Diameter:
33 mm
Field:
30 mm
Condition:
Chipped at channel openings

Obverse

John (metropolitan) of Chalcedon (twelfth/thirteen century)

St. Euphemia, orans, standing on a dais. Sigla: Η|Α|ΓΙ|ΑΕΥ|ΦΗ|ΜΙ|Α: Ἡ ἁγία Εὐφημία. Border of dots.

Reverse

John (metropolitan) of Chalcedon (twelfth/thirteen century)

Inscription of four lines, cross above and two horizontal lines below. 

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ΣΦΡΑΓΙΣΜΑ

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Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ Χαλκηδόνος

Translation

Ἰωάννου σφράγισμα τοῦ Χαλκηδόνος.

Seal of John (bishop of) Chalcedon.

Audio

Commentary

Dodecasyllable. As Laurent observes, the owner of these seals was probably John of Chalcedon who signs with the synod in 1191 and 1192: John Kastamonites (and not Kastomyres), the well-known canonist (see B. Katsaros, Ἰωάννης Κασταμονίτης [Thessalonica, 1988], 298). 

On Chalcedon and the seals of churchmen active there, see BZS 1958.106.35.