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N. bishop (sixth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3062
Diameter 25 mm


Bust of the Virgin in profile, turned to the r. toward the Christ child whom she holds on her l. arm. She wears maphorion and is nimbate. He has nimbus cr. In fields to l. and r. of the Virgin's head, crosses. Wreath border.


Block monogram. Wreath border.

 - ε - ι -  - μ - ν - ο -  - υ

. . .ἐπισκόπου


. . .ἐπισκόπου.

(Seal of) N. bishop.


This is clearly the seal of a bishop, but there are a wealth of possible names that could form the complex monogram along with it; Ὑμναίου (Hymnaios), Ἀνεμίου (Anemios), Ἀιμιλιανοῦ (Aimilianos), Αὐτονόμου (Autonomos), Αντιόχου (Antiochos), Παχομίου (Pachomios), etc. None are common enough names to be clear favorites. The ου ligature above the block is effaced but apparently present.