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Constantine Katharos (skeuo)phylax (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Half-length representation of the Mother of God orans with Christ before her. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

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Σφρ[αγ(ὶς)] φύλακος Καθαροῦ Κων(σ)τ(αντίνου)

Obverse

Half-length representation of the Mother of God orans with Christ before her. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

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Σφρ[αγ(ὶς)] φύλακος Καθαροῦ Κων(σ)τ(αντίνου)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4036
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 27.6a; Laurent, Corpus 2: no. 672 (B). Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, 2960a.

Translation

Σφραγὶς φύλακος Καθαροῦ Κωνσταντίνου.

The seal of the (skeuo)phylax Constantine Katharos.

Commentary

A twelve-syllable metrical inscription. In our opinion this seal is too late to be referring to the treasury of the Phylax, the last datable mention of which was a 1086 chrysobull of Alexios I Komnenos (Lavra, 259.51). This is particularly true if, as Laurent asserted, this Constantine Katharos is the same person who was active in September 1161. We believe that we are involved with a skeuophylax, a title that is presented for reasons of meter in a shortened form.