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The archbishop of Cyprus (twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.36

Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 38.17.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1485.

Details

Diameter:
22 mm
Condition:
Corroded. Breaks at both ends of the channel.

Obverse

The archbishop of Cyprus (twelfth century)

St. Epiphanios standing, offering blessing. Inscription: Ο|ΑΓ|Ι|Ο|ΣΕ|ΠΙ|ΦΑ|ΝΙ|ΟΣ: ὁ ἅγιος Ἐπιφάνιος. Border of dots.

Reverse

The archbishop of Cyprus (twelfth century)

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. No border visible.

τποι
μεναρχ
τοσφρα
.ισμακυ
.ριν

Τοῦ ποιμενάρχου τὸ σφράγισμα Κυπρίων

Translation

Τοῦ ποιμενάρχου τὸ σφράγισμα Κυπρίων.

The seal of the archbishop of Cyprus.

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Commentary

Dodecasyllabic. Laurent has shown that there is no archbishopric of Cyprus by the name of Epiphanios who could be the owner of the present seal. We think this was a seal used during a vacancy and, in the case of Cyprus, such a vacancy and irregularity must certainly have occurred around 1110, with the resignation of Nicholas Mouzalon (cf. S. I. Doanidou, "Ἡ παραίτησις Νικολάου τοῦ Μουζάλωνος ἀπὸ τῆς Ἀρχιεπισκοπῆς Κύπρου," Hellenika 7 [1934] 109-50, and H. Kormpete, "Ἐγκώμιον εἰς τὸν Πατριάρχην Νικόλαον Δˊ τὸν Μουζάλωνα," Hellenika 7 [1934] 301-22).

 

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