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George metropolitan of Trebizond (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4999

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 39.2.

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1758.

Details

Diameter:
15 mm
Condition:
Blank too small for die.

Obverse

George metropolitan of Trebizond (eleventh century)

The Virgin standing, holding Christ on her right arm. Inscription in two columns, tentatively read: .|ρ|η|α-γιο|.ορ|τι|σ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ [Θ(εο)ῦ] ἡ Ἁγιο[σ]ορ(ί)τισ(σα). Border of dots.

Reverse

George metropolitan of Trebizond (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

κεR
γεοργι
μπ.πολι
τητ.απε
ζντ

[Θ(εοτό)]κε β(οή)[θ(ει)] Γεωργίῳ μ(ητ)ρ[ο]πολίτῃ Τ[ρ]απεζοῦντ(ος)

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Γεωργίῳ μητροπολίτῃ Τραπεζοῦντος.

Mother of God, help George, metropolitan of Trebizond.

Audio

Commentary

The reading of the epithet of the Virgin on the obverse is possible but is at variance with the representation: the Hagiosoritissa normally is turned and raises her hands towards the hand of God (or the medallion of the Christ child) and does not hold the child as on this seal. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, nos. 599, 614; V/2, no. 1431.

 

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