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Euphemianos of the monastery of (Christ) Philanthropos (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4979
Diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 56.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1910. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 830.


Christ standing on a dais with palm trees at left and right. Sigla: ΙΣ̅ΧΣ̅:  Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Inscription: ο|φη|λανθρ|πο|σ : ὁ Φηλάνφρωπος. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Εὐφημιανόν, ὦ Φιλάν(θρωπ)ε, σκέπε


Εὐφημιανόν, ὦ Φιλάνθρωπε, σκέπε.

You who love mankind, watch over Euphemianos.


Twelve-syllable verse. Euphemianos' office is not mentioned, but he was likely a monk or hegoumenos.

Although the specimen was cast with a channel, and is thus a seal, we note that the blank was at the same time cast with a hook at top, allowing the seal to be worn as a medallion.

The monastery of Christ Philanthropos, situated near the Blachernae Church, was founded by the empress Irene, the wife of Alexios I Komnenos: Janin, Églises: 525–27.