You are here: Home / Publications & Online Resources / Byzantine Seals / Search the Catalogue / John imperial spatharokandidatos and chartoularios of the dromos of the Anatolikoi (ninth century)

John imperial spatharokandidatos and chartoularios of the dromos of the Anatolikoi (ninth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2709

Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 86.10a.
Laurent, Corpus II, no. 461.

Details

Diameter:
26 mm
Field:
22 mm
Condition:
Break along the channel.

Obverse

John imperial spatharokandidatos and chartoularios of the dromos of the Anatolikoi (ninth century)

Bust of the Virgin with the medallion before her. On the left, a cruciform monogram of Θεοτόκε; at right, of βοήθει. Border of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

John imperial spatharokandidatos and chartoularios of the dromos of the Anatolikoi (ninth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

.ΙΝ
ˊΣΠΘˊΚΝ
ΔΙΔˊΧΡˊΤΟΥ
ΔΡΟΜ
ΤΟΝ

ΝΤΟΛΙΚ

Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ τοῦ δρόμου τον Ἀνατολικῶν

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ βασιλικῷ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ τοῦ δρόμου τον Ἀνατολικῶν.

Mother of God, help John, imperial spatharokandidatos and chartoularios of the dromos of the Anatolikoi.

Audio

Commentary

The representation of the Virgin between two monograms is typical of the Iconophile revival, but the present seal is certainly later (it may even be considered as proof that this type survived well after 843) because it is decorated with a Virgin of the Photian type (Dated Seals, no. 53), and features borders of dots and the R-shaped beta.

 

Document Actions