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Sabbas (monk?) (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4505
Diameter 27 mm
Field diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

John Cotsonis, "The Virgin with the 'Tongues of Fire' on Byzantine lead seals," DOP 48 (1994), 221-227; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2242.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin with both hands raised in front of her. Sigla to left and right: ΘΥ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Above sigla to left, and to right, . Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in six lines. Border of dots.

σον
σααν
οικτρο,
ικετ,αγ
νησκε
π,

Σὸν Σάββαν οἰκτρὸν ἱκέτην ἀγνὴ σκέποις

Translation

Σὸν Σάββαν οἰκτρὸν ἱκέτην ἀγνὴ σκέποις.

Pure One, may you protect your unworthy servant Sabbas.

Commentary

Dodecasyllable. This individual calls himself "unworthy" which may be an indication of his monastic vocation, or may merely indicate his piety.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4505
Diameter 27 mm
Field diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

John Cotsonis, "The Virgin with the 'Tongues of Fire' on Byzantine lead seals," DOP 48 (1994), 221-227; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2242.

Bibliography

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4505
Diameter 27 mm
Field diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

John Cotsonis, "The Virgin with the 'Tongues of Fire' on Byzantine lead seals," DOP 48 (1994), 221-227; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2242.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4505
Diameter 27 mm
Field diameter 17 mm
Previous Editions

John Cotsonis, "The Virgin with the 'Tongues of Fire' on Byzantine lead seals," DOP 48 (1994), 221-227; cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2242.

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