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George (?) monk (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Double cross on four steps. Beyond a border of dots (and perhaps within another), a circular inscription.

κεβοηθη

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Border of dots.

ΓΗΟ
ΕΙΟΥ
ΝΑΧΟ
Υ

Γεωργήου (?) . . . μοναχοῦ

Obverse

Double cross on four steps. Beyond a border of dots (and perhaps within another), a circular inscription.

κεβοηθη

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Border of dots.

ΓΗΟ
ΕΙΟΥ
ΝΑΧΟ
Υ

Γεωργήου (?) . . . μοναχοῦ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2766
Diameter 22.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθη τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Γεωρ/Γρηγορήου . . . μοναχοῦ.

Lord, help your servant George (?). . . monk.

Commentary

The restoration of the first two lines is uncertain due to the missing half of the seal; while the name found in the first line is most George and not the word σφραγὴς written out, the second line is much less certain--perhaps it is the end of the word kouboukleisios (written, e.g. as κουβουκλησείου) but this seems to require too many letters before what is left in the second line. At this point, without a parallel, uncertainty seems the best option.