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Peter bishop of Euchaita (seventh/eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.101
Diameter 33 mm
Field diameter 26 mm
Condition Hole in the center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 16.4b.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 852. A parallel specimen from the Museum at Istanbul (also holed) is published by Ebersolt, Sceaux, no. 386, fig. 2.

Obverse

A bearded military saint, likely St. Theodore, stabbing a snake (only faintly visible) with a spear, his left hand resting on a shield set on the ground; at right, a tree. No epigraphy. Wreath border.

Reverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). Circular inscription between two wreath borders:

πετρεπισκοπευχαιτν

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Πέτρῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Εὐχαΐτων

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Πέτρῳ ἐπισκόπῳ Εὐχαΐτων.

Theotokos, help Peter, bishop of Euchaita.

Commentary

This seal is of the same design and date as BZS.1955.1.4669 since it carries the same inscription, it is likely that both belonged to the same person.

The fact that two large specimens of the seal that we know are both punctured (this one and the Istanbul specimens) is a reminder that Euchaita was a popular pilgrimage site and the bishop’s seals could have been used as talismans.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.101
Diameter 33 mm
Field diameter 26 mm
Condition Hole in the center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 16.4b.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 852. A parallel specimen from the Museum at Istanbul (also holed) is published by Ebersolt, Sceaux, no. 386, fig. 2.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.101
Diameter 33 mm
Field diameter 26 mm
Condition Hole in the center.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 16.4b.

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 852. A parallel specimen from the Museum at Istanbul (also holed) is published by Ebersolt, Sceaux, no. 386, fig. 2.