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Andrew pragmateutes (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of a beardless saint. Circular inscription along the circumference: ΑΓΙΕΝ̣Ο̣Λ̣. .ΜΡΥΣΟΣΟ̣Ν̣. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


ΚΕΟΗ
ΘΕΙΤ,ΣΟΔ
ΑΝΔΡ,ΑΠΡ
ΑΜΑΤΕΥ
ΤΗ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τ(ῳ) σο δ(ούλῳ) Ἀνδρ(έ)ᾳ πραγματευτῇ

Obverse

Bust of a beardless saint. Circular inscription along the circumference: ΑΓΙΕΝ̣Ο̣Λ̣. .ΜΡΥΣΟΣΟ̣Ν̣. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


ΚΕΟΗ
ΘΕΙΤ,ΣΟΔ
ΑΝΔΡ,ΑΠΡ
ΑΜΑΤΕΥ
ΤΗ

Κ(ύρι)ε βοήθει τ(ῳ) σο δ(ούλῳ) Ἀνδρ(έ)ᾳ πραγματευτῇ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1264
Diameter 25.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῶ σο δούλῳ Ἀνδρέᾳ πραγματευτῇ.

Lord, help your servant Andrew, pragmateutes (merchant).

Commentary

The inscription on the obverse can be only partially restored: Ἅγιε ... σοσον. The name of the saint called upon to preserve the seal's owner cannot be reconstituted given the poor condition of the lettering.

On the seals of merchants, see now W. Seibt, "Some seals of Byzantine professional men," ΑΝΤΙΧΑΡΙΣΜΑΤΟΣ ΕΠΙΣΦΡΑΓΙΣΙΣ: A tribute to Prof. Ivan Jordanov on his 70th anniversary, Shumen 2019, 435-38.