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Constantine Katharos (phylax?) (twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1944

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 27.6b; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 672 (A).

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Condition:
Two halves.

Obverse

Constantine Katharos (phylax?) (twelfth century)

Bust of the Mother of God orans with a medallion of Christ on her breast. At left and right: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Constantine Katharos (phylax?) (twelfth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

σφραγισ
φυλακοσ
καθαρου
ΚΝΑΝ
ΤΙΝ

Σφραγὶς φύλακος Καθαροῦ Κωνσταντίνου

Translation

Σφραγὶς φύλακος Καθαροῦ Κωνσταντίνου.

The seal of the (skeuo)phylax Constantine Katharos.

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Commentary

A twelve-syllable metrical inscription. In our opinion this seal is too late to be referring to the treasury of the Phylax, the last datable mention of which was a 1086 chrysobull of Alexios I Komnenos (Lavra, 259.51). This is particularly true if, as Laurent asserted, this Constantine Katharos is the same person who was active in September 1161. We believe that we are involved with a skeuophylax, a title that is presented for reasons of meter in a shortened form.

 

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