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George cleric of Eleïmon (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2002
Diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 74.1.


Bust of St. Nicholas blessing with his right hand and holding a book, decorated with pellets, in his left. Inscription in two columns: |ν|ηκ|ο|λ: Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νηκόλ(αος). Along the circumference, beginning at 9 o'clock, a circular invocative inscription. No visible border.


Ἅγιε τοῦ [Θ(εο)ῦ] βοή[θ]η


Inscription of five lines. No visible border.


τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ) Γεω[ρ]γήο κληρικο Ἑλεΐμον(ος)


Ἅγιε τοῦ Θεοῦ βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γεωργήο κληρικο Ἑλεΐμονος.

Holy man of God, help your servant George, cleric of Eleïmon.


It appears that the seal attests a church of (St. Nicholas) ὁ Ἐλε(ή)μων. Although one would have expected the name of the institution to be preceded by the definite article, this reading seems preferable to the alternative that George identifies himself as "merciful," with the final word as ἐλε(ή)μον(ι).