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Xene Nestongissa, nun (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1935
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 2014. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1541.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin with medallion. Inscription: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription in three lines. Border of dots.

ενη
ητνε
στογγ

Χένῃ μοναχ τοῦ Νεστόγγου

Translation

Χένῃ μοναχῇ τῇ τοῦ Νεστόγγου.

The nun Xene of the Nestongos.

Commentary

According to Wassiliou-Seibt, the owner of this seal will likely have been the daughter of the last Bulgarian ruler of Sirmion (killed during a siege led by Constantine Diogenes, father of the emperor Romanos Diogenes) whose family was subsequently brought to Constantinople. See also Laurent's publication for further discussion of the Nestongos family and this individual's place within it.

The prosaic inscription appears to consist of two five-syllable hemistichs and is therefore classed as a metrical seal.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1935
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 2014. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1541.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1935
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 2014. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1541.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.1935
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 18 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 2014. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1541.

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