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Theodore Tzipoureles (twelfth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

St. Theodore standing, holding a spear and shield. Traces of epigraphy visible on either side: |θ|εοδ|.ρ|ο|. : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδ[ω]ρο[ς]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a cross of dots above. Border of dots.


σρα̣.
θεο̣..̣
ττζιπ
ρελη

σφρά[γ(ισμα)] Θεοδ[ώρ]ου τοῦ Τζιπουρέλη

Obverse

St. Theodore standing, holding a spear and shield. Traces of epigraphy visible on either side: |θ|εοδ|.ρ|ο|. : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θεόδ[ω]ρο[ς]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a cross of dots above. Border of dots.


σρα̣.
θεο̣..̣
ττζιπ
ρελη

σφρά[γ(ισμα)] Θεοδ[ώρ]ου τοῦ Τζιπουρέλη

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2921
Diameter 26.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2444.

Translation

σφράγισμα Θεοδώρου τοῦ Τζιπουρέλη.

Seal of Theodore Tzipoureles.

Commentary

Wassiliou-Seibt included this inscription in her catalogue of metrical seals, but it is not clear how the inscription should be reconstituted. If (as we believe) the owner's Christian name is Theodore (echoing the name of the saint represented on the obverse), then the word in the first line of the reverse should be read as σφράγισμα to provide the right number of syllables. Otherwise, if the first word is σφραγίς, the owner's name would require another syllable (Theodosios). Wassiliou-Seibt also read the family name as Tziloureles, but it seems to us that the second last letter of the third line of the reverse is Π, giving Tzipoureles, a name attested on seals noted in her commentary.