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John proedros (= metropolitan) of Corfou (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.5031

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 5.4.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1794. Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 866, published a similar seal from the Vienna Collection, but illustrated the DO specimen.

Details

Diameter:
23 mm
Field:
19 mm
Condition:
Cracked along channel (obv.) and punctured on both sides.

Obverse

John proedros (= metropolitan) of Corfou (eleventh/twelfth century)

Saints Peter and Paul standing; details indistinct. On one side the inscription: :; Ὁ ἅγιος Πέτρος. On the right side: |ΠΑ: ὁ ἅγιος Παῦλος. Border of dots.

Reverse

John proedros (= metropolitan) of Corfou (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΣΦΡΑ
ΓΙΣΠΡΟ
ΕΔΡΚΕ.
ΚΥΡΝ
ΙΩ

Σφραγὶς προέδρου Κερκύρων Ἰωάννου

Translation

Σφραγὶς προέδρου Κερκύρων Ἰωάννου.

Seal of John, metropolitan of Corfou.

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Commentary

Dodecasyllabic. Laurent published two separate specimens that probably came from the same boulloterion: the present one (no. 1794) which he dated to the late 12th century, and another from Vienna (no. 866), which he dated to the early 11th. We feel that the present specimen dates from the late 11th/early 12th century, for which reason we assume that John's official title must have been that of metropolitan.

 

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