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John monk and archbishop of all Bulgaria (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

The Virgin seated on a high-backed throne with a round cushion, holding medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ΘΥ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕ,Θ,
ΤΣΔΛ,
.̅ΜΟΝΑΧ,
ΑΡΧΙΕΠ.Σ
ΚΠΠΑΣΗ
ΛΓΑΡ,

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ ωάννῃ μοναχ καὶ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ πάσης Βουλγαρίας

Obverse

The Virgin seated on a high-backed throne with a round cushion, holding medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ΘΥ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕ,Θ,
ΤΣΔΛ,
.̅ΜΟΝΑΧ,
ΑΡΧΙΕΠ.Σ
ΚΠΠΑΣΗ
ΛΓΑΡ,

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ ωάννῃ μοναχ καὶ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ πάσης Βουλγαρίας

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1035
Diameter 25.0 mm; field: 21.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 29.6b.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1494 (reading corrected in Corpus V/3 no. 2016).

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ μοναχῷ καὶ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ πάσης Βουλγαρίας.

Theotokos, help your servant John, monk and archbishop of all Bulgaria.

Commentary

See the commentary to the bettter preserved parallel specimen BZS 1958.106.5308 (which has been used to restore the reading of this seal).