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The archbishop of Cyprus (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.36
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Corroded. Breaks at both ends of the channel.
Previous Editions

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


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


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


Τοῦ ποιμενάρχου τὸ σφράγισμα Κυπρίων


Τοῦ ποιμενάρχου τὸ σφράγισμα Κυπρίων.

The seal of the archbishop of Cyprus.


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).