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George protospatharios, mystolektes, and imperial notarios of the Sphorakion (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.30
Diameter 26 mm

Obverse

St. George standing, turned toward the left, with hands raised toward the manus Dei at the top left. Inscription in columns to left and right: Ο|Α|ΓΙ|Ο|ΣΓ|Ε|ΩΡ|ΓΙ|Ο|Σ: ὁ ἅγιος Γεώργιος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in six lines. Border of dots.

ΚΕ.
ΓΕΡΓΙΩ
Α,ΣΠΑΘΑΡ,
ΜΥΣΤΟΛΕΚΤ,
.,ΝΟΤΑΡ,
ΤΣΦΟΡ,

Κύριε βοήθει Γεωργίῳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ, μυστολέκτ, καὶ βασιλικῷ νοταρί τοῦ Σφορακίου

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Γεωργίῳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ, μυστολέκτῃ, καὶ βασιλικῷ νοταρίῳ τοῦ Σφορακίου.

Lord, help George protospatharios, mystolektes, and imperial notarios of the Sphorakion.

Commentary

Schlumberger (Sig., 155-56) puts this seal in the twelfth or thirteenth century, but Laurent's date in the eleventh century (in his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection) is correct, based on the appearance of the title protospatharios. Laurent connects Sphorakion to the palace of that name (in that quarter of Constantinople) where there was a famous Church of St. Theodore; see Janin, "Les églises byzantines des saints militaires," 56-59.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.30
Diameter 26 mm
Accession number BZS.1947.2.30
Diameter 26 mm

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.30
Diameter 26 mm

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