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(M/R)ouselios proedros (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2197
Diameter 20 mm


Virgin seated on a throne, holding child on her lap. Indeterminate border.


Inscription in five lines. Indeterminate border.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ῥ/Μουσελήῳ προέδρῳ


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ῥ/Μουσελήῳ προέδρῳ.

Theotokos, help your servant Mouselios (or Rouselios), the proedros.


The seal owner's name could be Mouselios or Rouselios, neither of which is a common name but both of which are attested in the eleventh century.

The last word appears to be a family name. However it is unclear what it reads. If it is the word Φράγγῳ, then we would have the name Rouselios, as that is a Hellenization of the French name Roussel, like the infamous Norman Roussel de Bailleul, whose seal this may have been during his time in imperial service.