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Merkourios monk and presbyteros of the Imperial Monastery (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. George holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left. Remains of inscription at right: γε| : [Ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Γεώ[ργι(ος)]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

κε.
μερκρ
.Α̅Χ̅πρε
.υτερ,τι
.̅⸣μονισ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)[θ(ει)] Μερκουρ(ί)[ῳ] (μον)αχ(ῷ) (καὶ) πρεσβυτέρ(ῳ) τῖ[ς] Β(ασιλικῆς) Μονῖς

Obverse

Bust of St. George holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left. Remains of inscription at right: γε| : [Ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Γεώ[ργι(ος)]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

κε.
μερκρ
.Α̅Χ̅πρε
.υτερ,τι
.̅⸣μονισ

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)[θ(ει)] Μερκουρ(ί)[ῳ] (μον)αχ(ῷ) (καὶ) πρεσβυτέρ(ῳ) τῖ[ς] Β(ασιλικῆς) Μονῖς

Accession number BZS.1958.106.386
Diameter 18.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 78.6; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1904 (with misreading).

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Μερκουρίῳ μοναχῷ καὶ πρεσβυτέρῳ τῖς Βασιλικῆς Μονῖς.

Lord, help Merkourios, monk and presbyteros of the Imperial Monastery.

Commentary

Line 5 (reverse): Laurent incorrectly read the last word as μονῆ<ς>.

A similar seal is to be found in Paris in the Zacos Collection (BnF 3706). The reverse reads: Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) Μερκουρίῳ (μον)αχ(ῷ) (καὶ) πρεσβυτέρ(ῳ) τῖ[ς] Β(ασιλικῆς) Μονῖς.

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.