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Theopistos apo eparchon (eighth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.575
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 18 mm


Cruciform invocative monogram (type V). In the quarters: τ|λσ. Border of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σου


Cruciform monogram. In the quarters: ΑΠΟΕΠΑ|ΡΧΩΝ. Border of dots.

ε - θ - ι - ο - π -  - τ - 

Θεοπίστῳ ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ δούλῳ σου Θεοπίστῳ ἀπὸ ἐπάρχων.

Theotokos, help your servant Theopistos apo eparchon.


In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection, Laurent read the reverse monogram as Θεογνώστου (Theognostos) in the genitive, interpreting the ligature on the right arm of the cruciform as a Γ-Σ and alleging that the Ν is worn away from the seal, however, it seems more likely that this is a Π-Σ ligature, and that the seal should be read as Θεοπίστῳ in the dative.