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Anastasios skeuophylax (seventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4903

Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 1275.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1645.

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Field:
18 mm

Obverse

Anastasios skeuophylax (seventh century)

A standing St. Sophia holding small cross before her. Inscription: Η|ΑΓ|Ι|Α.|Ο|ΦΙ|Α: Ἡ ἁγία Σοφία. Wreath border.

Reverse

Anastasios skeuophylax (seventh century)

Inscription in five lines. Wreath border.

..Ν
ΣΤΣΙ
ΣΚΕΥ
ΦΥΛΚ
ΟΣ

ναστασίου σκευωφύλακος

Translation

Ἀναστασίου σκευωφύλακος.

(Seal of) Anastasios skeuophylax.

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Commentary

The depiction of St. Sophia on the obverse likely indicates that this is the skeuophylax of Hagia Sophia, per the suggestion of Laurent. Zacos hesitates to declare this, because depictions of Hagia Sophia also occur on seals of individuals not affiliated with the great church; nevertheless, in the case of this skeuophylax, the depiction of St. Sophia seems to be a clear statement of the seal owner's role through iconography.

 

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