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Kyriakos monk of the Imperial Monastery (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4959

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 78.4a; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1905.

Details

Diameter:
23 mm
Field:
15 mm

Obverse

Kyriakos monk of the Imperial Monastery (eleventh century)

Inscription of four lines, the last letter between two horizontal bars. Border of dots.

κε̅,θ,
.σ
.υρια
κ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) [τ]ῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) [Κυ]ρια[κ](ῷ)

Reverse

Kyriakos monk of the Imperial Monastery (eleventh century)

Inscription of four lines preceded by decoration, the last letter possibly between two horizontal bars.


μοναχ
τεσ
ποτι
κ

μοναχ(ῷ) [τ]ῷ δεσποτικ[ῷ]

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Κυριακῷ μοναχῷ τῷ δεσποτικῷ.

Lord, help your servant Kyriakos, imperial monk.

Audio

Commentary

Laurent (Corpus 5.3: nos. 1904–5) published only two of several specimens from the Dumbarton Oaks collections attesting the existence of a monastery known as the "Imperial," an establishment that, under this name at least, is not otherwise known.

This seal differs from other specimens of the Imperial Monastery, in that the reverse inscription identifies the owner as an "imperial [in the dative] monk," rather than a monk of the Imperial [in the genitive] Monastery.

 

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