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Michael Spanopolos, vestes and judge of Aigaion (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3299
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 40.16.
Referred to in Seibt, Bleisiegel, 285.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with medallion. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Between two borders of dots, a circular inscription starting at the top.

ΘΚΕΟΗΘΕΙΜΙΧΑΗΛΕΣΤΗΚΑΙ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Μιχαὴλ βέστῃ καὶ

Reverse

Bust of St. Michael holding the trilobe sceptre. . Vertical inscription: Μ|ΙΧ|Α : Μιχαήλ, plus an incomprehensible sign in the upper right field. Between two borders of dots, a circular inscription starting at the top.

ΚΡΙΤΗΤΑΙΓΑΙΤΣΠΑΝΟΠΛ

κριτῇ τοῦ Αἰγαίου τῷ Σπανοπώλῳ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Μιχαὴλ βέστῃ καὶ κριτῇ τοῦ Αἰγαίου τῷ Σπανοπώλῳ.

Theotokos, help Michael Spanopolos vestes and judge of Aigaion.

Commentary

A Michael Spanopoulos acted as assistant to Euthymios, the praitor and anagrapheus of Boleron, Strymon, and Thessalonica (ca. 1095); Actes de Zographou, ed. W. Regel, E. Kurtz, B. Korablev, VizVrem 13 (1907) Priloženie, no. 35, line 97, cf. Actes d'Esphigménou, ed. J. Lefort (Paris, 1973) no. 5. He could be identical to the owner of our seal. A Spanopolos (no first name mentioned, but perhaps the same man) acted as logariastes of the sebastokrator Isaac Komnenos in the same region (ca. 1090-94): Actes d'Iviron II, ed. J. Lefort, N. Oikonomides, D. Papachryssanthou, V. Kravari, H. Métréveli (Paris, 1990), no. 45, lines 5, 82; no. 50, lines 2, 68. Seibt (Bleisiegel, no. 150) also mentions the advanced eleventh-century seals of Michael Spanopoulos, without title, and the unpublished late eleventh-century seal of a Michael Spanopoulos proedros (Hermitage Collection).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3299
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 40.16.
Referred to in Seibt, Bleisiegel, 285.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3299
Diameter 29 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 40.16.
Referred to in Seibt, Bleisiegel, 285.

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