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The laura of St. Sabas (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS 1955.1.4949
Diameter 22 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 19.6. Parallel specimen in Sig., 319, no. 2 = Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1578.


Bust of St. Sabas holding a small cross in his right hand and keeping his left open in front of him. Inscription: Ο|.|.Ι|..Σ|Α| /|Σ : Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Σάβ(α)ς. Border of dots.


Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

ΣΑ /

Ἡ λαύρα τοῦ ἁγίου Σάβ(α)


Ἡ λαύρα τοῦ ἁγίου Σάβα.

The laura of St. Sabas.


Now known as Mar Saba, located southeast of Jerusalem in the Judaean desert. The monastic complex of St. Sabas was founded in 483 by the famous ascete Sabas (d. 532) and continues to function today. See Laurent, Corpus 5.2:409; ODB 3:1823–24; and Patrich, Sabas.