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Sabas (?) monk and bishop of Alabanda (ninth/tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.840
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Corroded (obv.) and broken at an angle, almost one-third missing. Cracked along channel (rev.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 60.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 521 (proposing an interpretation of the scene on the obverse).

Obverse

Vague outline of a winged figure standing in profile at right; probably an Annunciation scene, but with the Archangel standing on the side where the Virgin customarily appears. No sigla visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

....
ΟΗΘΕΙΣ..
ΜΟΝΧΕ..
ΣΚΟΠ,Λ
ΝΔΝ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Σάβᾳ (?) μοναχῷ καὶπισκόπ Ἀλαβάνδων

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Σάβᾳ (?) μοναχῷ καὶ ἐπισκόπῳ Ἀλαβάνδων.

Theotokos, help Sabas (?) monk and bishop of Alabanda.

Commentary

Line 2 (reverse): the name of the bishop begins with the letter Σ, followed by a letter formed with slanting sides, no doubt the letter Α. Line 4: Laurent read the letter Ν at the end of the line; the line in fact terminates with a slender rendition of the letter .

Alabanda (modern Arabhisar), located south of the Meander River, was a suffragan bishopric of Stauroupolis of Caria (first bishop attested in 451). It appears in all notitiae until the thirteenth century. See Laurent, Corpus V/1, 382-83; Fedalto, 192; Robert, Amyzon, 17; Zgusta, 56.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.840
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Corroded (obv.) and broken at an angle, almost one-third missing. Cracked along channel (rev.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 60.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 521 (proposing an interpretation of the scene on the obverse).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.840
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Corroded (obv.) and broken at an angle, almost one-third missing. Cracked along channel (rev.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 60.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 521 (proposing an interpretation of the scene on the obverse).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.840
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Corroded (obv.) and broken at an angle, almost one-third missing. Cracked along channel (rev.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 60.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 521 (proposing an interpretation of the scene on the obverse).

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