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Basil asekretis and logothetes (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Basil, facing, blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left. Inscription visible: Α|ΣΗ|Λ: ὁ ἅγιος Βασήλειος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Border of dots.

ασιλ,
ασηκρητ
.σ.λογο
....

Βασιλείῳ ἀσηκρήτις καὶ λογοθέτῃ

Obverse

Bust of St. Basil, facing, blessing with his right hand and holding a book in his left. Inscription visible: Α|ΣΗ|Λ: ὁ ἅγιος Βασήλειος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Border of dots.

ασιλ,
ασηκρητ
.σ.λογο
....

Βασιλείῳ ἀσηκρήτις καὶ λογοθέτῃ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.431
Diameter 27.0 mm

Translation

Βασιλείῳ ἀσηκρήτις καὶ λογοθέτῃ.

(Theotokos, help) Basil asekretis and logothetes.

Commentary

The obverse of this seal appears to be overstruck over a bust of a military saint. The remains of a second right hand holding a spear can be seen directly above St. Basil's hand offering a blessing, the remnants of a circular invocative inscription appear to be above the sigla on the right, and two separate borders of dots seem visible in the lower right portion of the obverse.