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Paul deacon and chartoularios of the Nea Ekklesia (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.219
Diameter 18 mm
Field diameter 12 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 48.3; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1164.

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas, book visible in his left hand. Inscription in two columns: ο|α|γ|ι|.ν|η|κ|λ: Ὁ ἅγι[ο(ς)] Νηκ(ό)λ(αος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

πυλ,
δικον
Sχρτ
λτνεσ
εκκλ

+Παύλ(ῳ) διακόν(ῳ) (καὶ) χαρτουλ(αρίῳ) τ(ῆς) Νέας ἐκκλ(ησίας)

Translation

Παύλῳ διακόνῳ καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ τῆς Νέας ἐκκλησίας.

Paul deacon and chartoularios of the Nea Ekklesia.

Commentary

The choice of St. Nicholas as a decorative figure on the obverse may derive from the fact that this saint was one of the holy persons to whom the Nea Ekklesia was dedicated.

The Nea Ekklesia was a sanctuary built in the Great Palace in 880 by Basil I and consecrated to the Mother of God, St. Elias, St. Michael, and St. Nicholas. The ceremony commemorating its inauguration was marked by a procession departing from the church of the Theotokos of the Pharos and leading to the Nea, where a liturgy was celebrated followed by a banquet in the Chrysotriklinos (Listes, 214; ODB 2:1146). By the twelfth century the church had become a monastery. From the fact that chartoularioi and oikonomoi were attached to the church we may infer that the church enjoyed revenues from extensive estates.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.219
Diameter 18 mm
Field diameter 12 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 48.3; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1164.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.219
Diameter 18 mm
Field diameter 12 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 48.3; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1164.

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