Lead seal of Ioannes Paktiares (ca 11th cent.).
Obverse: Saints Theodoros Tiron (right) and Theodoros Stratelates (left), standing one opposite the other but facial, nimbate, wearing military garments, having each one in front of him a spear and a shield, columnar inscriptions besides them, Ο CΤΡΑΤΗΛΑΤ(ΗC) (The Stratelates)- O ΘΕΟΔΩΡ(ΟC) (Theodore), all within dotted border.
Reverse: Inscription in 6 lines, following a cross, +/CΦΡΑΓΙC/ΜΑΔΟΥΚΟC/Α´ΝΩRΕΛΙCΙ/ΜΟVΙΩ(ΑΝΝΟΥ)ΜΑΡΤΙ/ΡΕCΤΟVΠΑ/ΚΤΙΑΡΗ = + Σφράγισμα δουκὸς πρωτονοβελλισίμου Ἰωάννου, μάρτυρες, τοῦ Πακτιάρη ([Holy martyrs Theodores, be] seal of doux and protonovellisimos John Paktiares).
It's to note that the inscription in the reverse consists of two metric iambic twelve-syllable verses.
Condition: VF plus, as in photos, with nice reddish patina and completely legible inscription.
Weight: 9.20 gr
Diameter: 24 mm
|Price realized||340 GBP 24 bids|
|Starting price||1 GBP|