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John chartoularios (?) (sixth/seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3128
Diameter 18 mm


The Annunciation, with the Virgin at left and the angel Gabriel at right. Border of dots.


Cruciform monogram. Border of dots.

α - ι - λ - ν - ο - ρ - τ - υ - χ - ω

Ἰωάννου χαρτουλαρίου (?)


Ἰωάννου χαρτουλαρίου.

(Seal of) John, chartoularios.


The monogram's resolution is uncertain, as the top of the seal, and of the monogram, is broken off. Assuming that there is a Τ perched atop the Ρ with a Υ sitting upon it, as seems likely, then we have this reading of "John notarios," finding an within the Ρ and Υ. If there is no Υ atop the Τ, then no sure reading comes to mind.