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N. hegoumenos of the monastery of (Christ) Philanthropos (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4990
Diameter 33 mm
Field diameter 21 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 56.2; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1911 (accession no. misidentified). For two identical specimens see Seyrig, no. 282 (= Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1184); and Zacos, Seals II, no. 683. Cf. Seibt-Wassiliou, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1459.


Christ standing, holding a book in his left hand. At left and right: ΙΣ̅ΧΣ : Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Inscription in two columns: ο|φι|λα|νθρ.|π.|σ : ὁ Φιλάνθρ[ω]π[ο]ς. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


[Μ]ονῆς [πρ]όεδρον [σῆ]ς Φιλάν(θρωπ)ε [σ]κέπε


Μονῆς πρόεδρον σῆς Φιλάνθρωπε σκέπε.

O Philanthropos, watch over the proedros of your monastery.


Twelve-syllable verse. On the reverse the letters Λ, Α, and N were engraved in ligature.

The monastery of Christ Philanthropos, situated near the Blachernae Church, was founded by the empress Irene, the wife of Alexios I Komnenos: Janin, Églises: 525–27.