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Constantine Anzas (end of eleventh/beginning of twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.2827

Previous Editions

Nesbitt and Seibt, “Anzas Family,” 202, fig. 14a

Details

Diameter:
1 mm

Obverse

Constantine Anzas (end of eleventh/beginning of twelfth century)

Bust of Demetrios, holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left. Inscription to left and right: |Δ|ΗΜ|Η|ΤΡ, — ὁ ἅ(γιος) Δημήτρ(ιος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Constantine Anzas (end of eleventh/beginning of twelfth century)

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


ΟΔΛΟΣ
ΑΝΑΣΤ
Θ̅Υ̅ΚΝ
ΣΤΑΝΤΙ
ΝΟΣ

Ὁ δοῦλος Ἀνζᾶς τοῦ Θεοῦ Κωνσταντῖνος

Translation

Ὁ δοῦλος Ἀνζᾶς τοῦ Θεοῦ Κωνσταντῖνος.

Constantine Anzas, servant of God.

Audio

Commentary

This specimen is mentioned in Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 845 (where it is erroneously attributed to a homonymous anthypatos, patrikios, hypatos) and in Wassiliou and Seibt, Österreich 2:71 n. 286.

Another seal of the same type is in the former Zacos Collection (BnF 20).

It is possible that this Constantine is the owner of another metrical seal from Istanbul (Istanbul 168a-42), dating to the end of the eleventh century; see Cheynet, Gökyıldırım, and Bulgurlu, Sceaux byzantins, no. 7.7.

 

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