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Theodore Komnenos, nobelissimos and doux of Paphlagonia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1097
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 23 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 11.5.

Obverse

St. Demetrios standing frontally holding a spear in his right hand, his left hand set on a round shield resting on the ground. Vertical inscription on either side: |δη|μ|η-τ|ρι|ο|σ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Δημήτριος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines, a decoration above.


κεRθ,
τσδ,
θεοδρ,ν
Rελλισιμ
Sδ̅παφλαγ,
τκομ
- ν -

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Θεοδώρ(ῳ) νωβελλισίμῳ (καὶ) δου(κὶ) Παφλαγ(ονίας) τῷ Κομνηνῷ

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Θεοδώρῳ νωβελλισίμῳ καὶ δουκὶ Παφλαγονίας τῷ Κομνηνῷ.

Lord, help your servant Theodore Komnenos, nobelissimos and doux of Paphlagonia.

Commentary

Another, better preserved specimen was published by J.-C. Cheynet, in Spink, Auction 127, Byzantine Seals, The Zacos Collection, Part I (7 October 1998), no. 42 (from the Zacos Collection).

In all likelihood the owner of the present seal is the same official as the person mentioned on BZS.1958.106.4551, who was promoted from kouropalates to nobelissimos and this time hired a more attentive engraver for his seal. The epigraphy and the titles appearing on both seals suggest a date in the 70s or the early 80s of the eleventh century. Theodore does not appear in Barzos, Komnenoi, unless he is to be identified with Theodore Dokeianos, who was also a Komnenos on his mother’s side and lived in Paphlagonia in 1080 (Barzos, Komnenoi, no. 9).

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1097
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 23 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 11.5.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1097
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 23 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 11.5.