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The laura of St. Sabas (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS 1955.1.5077
Diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 19.7. Parallel specimens listed by Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1577. See also Likhachev, Molivdovuly, 46 (no. LVIII, 16), and Seyrig, no. 287.


Bust of St. Sabas orans in monastic garb. Remains of a vertical inscription: Α|ΑΣ : [Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Σ]άβας. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Τῆς λαύρας τοῦ ἁγίου Σάβα.


Τῆς λαύρας τοῦ ἁγίου Σάβα.

(Seal) of the laura of St. Sabas.


Now known as Mar Saba, located southeast of Jersualem in the Judaean desert. The monastic complex of St. Sabas was founded in 483 by the famous ascete Sabas (d. 532) and continues to function today. See Laurent, Corpus 5.2:409; ODB 3:1823–24; and Patrich, Sabas.