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Philip monk (?) (ninth/tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Effaced, but to be reconstructed as bust of a saint, facing, nimbate. At left, faint tracings of an inscription. Too obscure to be read. Linear Border.

Reverse

Block Monogram. Linear Border.

α - ι - λ - π - Φ - χ

Φιλιππ μοναχ

Obverse

Effaced, but to be reconstructed as bust of a saint, facing, nimbate. At left, faint tracings of an inscription. Too obscure to be read. Linear Border.

Reverse

Block Monogram. Linear Border.

α - ι - λ - π - Φ - χ

Φιλιππ μοναχ

Accession number BZS.1955.1.319
Diameter 16.0 mm

Translation

Φιλιππῳ μοναχῷ.

Philip monk.

Commentary

The obverse is legible through comparison to other specimens, particularly to BZS.1958.106.414. The reverse monogram on this seal is strange. The block monogram is apparently for Philip, while the title of monk may be found using the Χ above the monogram with the Alpha within it, in the manner of the typical abbreviation for monk . As strange as this would be, no other resolution seems more likely. It is also possible that the monogram reads Φιλαγρίου (Philagrios).