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N. hegoumenos of St. Athanasios (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans. Sigla: ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεο. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

ποιμε
νασωζοι
ποιμνησ.

θανασι
οΥ 

Ποιμένα σῴζοις ποίμνης θανασίου

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans. Sigla: ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεο. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

ποιμε
νασωζοι
ποιμνησ.

θανασι
οΥ 

Ποιμένα σῴζοις ποίμνης θανασίου

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4997
Diameter 19.0 mm

Translation

Ποιμένα σῴζοις ποίμνης Ἀθανασίου.

May you protect the shepherd of Athanasios's flock. 

Commentary

The owner of this metrical seal calls himself poimen poimnes (i.e. "shepherd of the flock"). Since the name Athanasios is given in the genitive case, these details suggest that we have here a hegoumenos of a monastery or institution dedicated to St. Athanasios the Confessor.