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John hypatos and kommerkiarios of Chaldia (tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2065

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 32.20.

Details

Diameter:
29 mm
Condition:
Unusual blank with appendage; see commentary.

Obverse

John hypatos and kommerkiarios of Chaldia (tenth century)

Patriarchal cross on four steps. Circular inscription within a border of dots:

+κεRοηθη,σ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθη [τ]ῷ σ[ῷ δούλῳ]

Reverse

John hypatos and kommerkiarios of Chaldia (tenth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

...ν
υπτο
κουμερκ
ρηχ
δησ

[Ἰω]άν[νῃ] ὑπάτο [(καὶ)] κουμερκ[ι]αρήῳ Χα[λ]δήας

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ ὑπάτο καὶ κουμερκιαρήῳ Χαλδήας.

Lord, help your servant John, hypatos and kommerkiarios of Chaldia.

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Commentary

The restoration of the first name is not certain. The bases of the two vertical strokes of Α in the first line are visible, thus excluding any round letter, such as Ο (for Λέοντι).

The present seal is closely associated with the roughly contemporary BZS.1955.1.1509, as they have the same decoration and contemporary epigraphy and come from the same stock of blanks. They present seal still has the appendage, which was folded and sealed on BZS.1955.1.1509.

 

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