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Theophilos imperial spatharios and protonotarios of the theme of Hellas (tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1333

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 8.38.

Details

Diameter:
18 mm
Field:
15 mm

Obverse

Theophilos imperial spatharios and protonotarios of the theme of Hellas (tenth century)

A griffin rampant holding a branch in his beak. Border of dots.

Reverse

Theophilos imperial spatharios and protonotarios of the theme of Hellas (tenth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

ΘΕΟΦ.
Λ  ΣΠΑΘ 
Α ΝΟΤ Τ
ΘΕΜ Ε
ΛΑΔ

Θεόφιλος βασιλικὸς σπαθάριος καὶ πρωτονοτάριος τοῦ θέματος Ἑλλάδος

Translation

Θεόφιλος βασιλικὸς σπαθάριος καὶ πρωτονοτάριος τοῦ θέματος Ἑλλάδος.

Theophilos, imperial spatharios and protonotarios of the theme of Hellas.

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Commentary

The same legend appears on a seal published by Mordtmann (RA 1877/1, 293, no. 4 [cf. Sig., 166 footnote, 169-70]), but the obverse carries a cross on steps and an invocation. The motif of the griffin with the raised paw and the branch in the beak  also appears on other seals (e.g. DOSeals 1.18.36; Zacos, Seals II, no. 931). It is a very old motif, attested also in other media in the mid-Byzantine period (cf. Laskarina Bouras, The Griffin through the Ages [Athens, 1983], esp. 50-51).

 

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