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Basil monk and oikonomos of the Imperial Monastery (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Details are largely obscured, but they seem to show a bust of a figure holding a spear diagonally across his chest. No trace of epigraphy or border.

Reverse

Inscription of five (?) lines. Border of dots.

κεθ,
ασηλ,
α̅χ̅οικ,
.̅⸣μον
..

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Βασηλ(είῳ) (μον)αχ(ῷ) (καὶ) οἰκ(ονόμῳ) [τ(ῆς)] Β(ασιλικῆς) Μον[ῆς]

Obverse

Details are largely obscured, but they seem to show a bust of a figure holding a spear diagonally across his chest. No trace of epigraphy or border.

Reverse

Inscription of five (?) lines. Border of dots.

κεθ,
ασηλ,
α̅χ̅οικ,
.̅⸣μον
..

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Βασηλ(είῳ) (μον)αχ(ῷ) (καὶ) οἰκ(ονόμῳ) [τ(ῆς)] Β(ασιλικῆς) Μον[ῆς]

Accession number BZS.1947.2.331
Diameter 27.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 78.5.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Βασηλείῳ μοναχῷ καὶ οἰκονόμῳ τῆς Βασιλικῆς Μονῆς.

Lord, help Basil monk and oikonomos of the Imperial Monastery.

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.