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Theopemptos asabanis (sixth/seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.440
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 18 mm

Obverse

Inscription in four lines. Wreath border.

ΘΕΟ
ΠΕΜΠΤ
ΟΥ·ΑΣΑ
ΒΑΝΙ

Θεοπέμπτου ασαβάνι

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Wreath border.

ΔΟΥ
ΛΟΥΤΗΣ
ΘΕΟΤΟ
ΚΟΥ

δούλου τῆς Θεοτόκου

Translation

Θεοπέμπτου ασαβάνι δούλου τῆς Θεοτόκου.

(Seal of) Theopemptos a sabanis, servant of the Theotokos.

Commentary

Laurent, in his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection, reads the title as βασιλικοῦ βανίζαρος (imperial banizor), a hypothesized variant of βαλνίτωρ (balnitor). However beyond hypothesizing the existence of this title, in reading the seal Laurent must hypothesize a strange abbreviation of the world imperial and the reconstruction of letters that do not seem to be present. Much more likely, is that we have here the asabanis, the attendant in charge of a public bath. It is possible that there is a letter before the title asabanis--we might expect a Β here for imperial, although there does not seem to be enough space for it. It is more likely that it is just a dot separating the name and title.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.440
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 18 mm

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Accession number BZS.1947.2.440
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 18 mm

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Accession number BZS.1947.2.440
Diameter 26 mm
Field diameter 18 mm

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