This 11th Century seal is the one that I consider to be the best both because of its specific link to a fully identified Byzantine
and its match to a specific boulloterion
(ed. BBÖ II, no. 43, Laurent
, Corpus II no. 845).
The seal reads
Depicting the the Hodegetria Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. / Θεοτόκε βοήθει Κωνσταντίνῳ ἀνθυπάτῳ πατρικίῳ ὑπάτῳ κριτῇ τοῦ βήλου τῷ ᾿ΑνζᾷMother of God
. / Theotokos aid Konstantinos Anzas, anthypatos
patrikios hypatos krites of the velon.
Dictionary of Byzantium
states that the Anzas "(᾽Ανζα̑ς, ᾽Αντζα̑ς), were a family of civil functionaries. Their origins, which are unclear, are variously described: Zlatarski ( Ist. 2:554) considered Ivan Anzas (Ančo, his
transliteration) a Bulgarian
name; S. Rudberg ( Études
sur la tradition manuscrite de saint Basile [Lund 1953 ] 149f) thought it Italian
. The first of them, John Anzas , assisted Theodoulos , archbishop of Bulgaria
, in building the Church
of Hagia Sophia in Ohrid in 1056 . The family was active in administration in the second half of the 11th C..