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Abramios pragmateutes ... (ninth century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

A cross potent. Along the circumference, traces of a circular inscription:

κ̣ε̣̣ο̣

Κ(ύρι)ε βο[ήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Indeterminate border.

ρμ̣
πργμ̣
ε̣υ̣του
.μ̣σ̣

[Ἀ]βραμ[ίῳ] πραγμ[ατ]ευτοῦ ..μας

Obverse

A cross potent. Along the circumference, traces of a circular inscription:

κ̣ε̣̣ο̣

Κ(ύρι)ε βο[ήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Indeterminate border.

ρμ̣
πργμ̣
ε̣υ̣του
.μ̣σ̣

[Ἀ]βραμ[ίῳ] πραγμ[ατ]ευτοῦ ..μας

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1120
Diameter 17.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἀβραμίῳ πραγματευτοῦ ..μας.

Lord, help your servant Abramios, pragmateutes ...

Commentary

The reading of the last line of the seal poses difficulties owing to the poor state of preservation. In his article on seals recording merchants or other professionals, Seibt proposed [ἐ]μ(πορίων) Ἀσ(ιατικῶν), making the owner a merchant of the Asian trading centers, but he admits that this is only a possibility. See "Some seals of Byzantine professional men," ΑΝΤΙΧΑΡΙΣΜΑΤΟΣ ΕΠΙΣΦΡΑΓΙΣΙΣ: A tribute to Prof. Ivan Jordanov on his 70th anniversary, Shumen 2019, 437-8.