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Basil Machetaris, vestes, judge and katepano of Melitene and of Lykandos (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with the medallion of Christ before her (type of Episkepsis, according to Seibt, SBS 1, 54). Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. A semicircular inscription above. Border of dots.

+θκεRοηθ,

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθ(ει)

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

Rσιλ,
Rεστ,κρι
τ,Sκτεπ,
μελιτ,Sλι
κνδ,τ
μχητ
-ρι-

βασιλ(είῳ) βέστ(ῃ), κριτ(ῇ) (καὶ) κατεπ(άνω) Μελιτ(ηνῆς) (καὶ) Λικανδ(οῦ) τῷ Μαχητάρι

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with the medallion of Christ before her (type of Episkepsis, according to Seibt, SBS 1, 54). Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. A semicircular inscription above. Border of dots.

+θκεRοηθ,

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθ(ει)

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

Rσιλ,
Rεστ,κρι
τ,Sκτεπ,
μελιτ,Sλι
κνδ,τ
μχητ
-ρι-

βασιλ(είῳ) βέστ(ῃ), κριτ(ῇ) (καὶ) κατεπ(άνω) Μελιτ(ηνῆς) (καὶ) Λικανδ(οῦ) τῷ Μαχητάρι

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5399
Diameter 30.0 mm; field: 27.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 53.5b.

G. Sclumberger, in Sig., 282-83, no. 4, published a seal of the British Museum with the same inscription but seemingly from a different boulloterion. Cf. Birch, no. 17,559.