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(Seal of the) monastery of Bonissa (ninth/tenth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.74

Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 13.1; Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1241 ter. Cf. W. Seibt in ByzSl 35 (1974) 82.

Details

Diameter:
24 mm
Field:
18 mm

Obverse

(Seal of the) monastery of Bonissa (ninth/tenth century)

Bust of the Virgin with a medallion of Christ before her. Traces of a circular inscription, beginning at seven o'clock. Border of dots.

...Rοηθτσδ.

[Θ(εοτό)κε] βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

(Seal of the) monastery of Bonissa (ninth/tenth century)

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

μον
ησRον
ησησ

Μονῆς Βονήσης

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ. Μονῆς Βονήσης.

Mother of God, help your servant. (Seal of) the Monastery of Bonissa.

Audio

Commentary

The monastery of the Virgin in Bonissa was located in Paphlagonia not far from Amastris. See Janin, Grands centres, 438; Paphlagonien, 179; Mikra Asia them., 283, note 72.

 

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