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Beser patrikios and strategos (eighth century, first half)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2308
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Corroded and punctured on the obverse. The reading has been confirmed with reference to better preserved parallels.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 750.

Obverse

In the center, a cruciform monogram presenting the owner's name: Βησρ : Βησήρ. Within concentric circles of dots, a circular inscription beginning at twelve o'clock with a cross:

Εελμεκεενθρππονηρ

ἐξελοῦ με, Κ(ύρι)ε, ἐξ ἀνθρώπου πονηροῦ

Reverse

In the center, a cruciform monogram: τρκπι : πατρικίου. In the quarters: στρ|τηγ : στρατηγοῦ. Within concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning at twelve o'clock with a cross:

πονΔροσΔικδολιρυσεμε

ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς ἀδίκου (καὶ) δολίου ῥῦσε με

Translation

Βησὴρ πατρικίου στρατηγοῦ. ἐξελοῦ με, Κύριε, ἐξ ἀνθρώπου πονηροῦ : ἀπὸ ἀνδρὸς ἀδίκου καὶ δολίου ῥῦσαι με.

(Seal of) Beser patrikios (and) strategos. Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man : preserve me from the unjust and deceitful man.

Commentary

The owner of this seal, Beser (Bashir), is known to have been a staunch supporter of the iconoclast emperors Leo III and Constantine V; he fell in battle at the latter's side during the revolt of Artavasdos in 741. See now J. Glynias, “Prayerful Iconoclasts: Psalm Seals and Elite Formation in the First Iconoclast Era (726–750),” DOP 71 (2017), 65-94.

The circular inscriptions quote Psalm 139: 2 (LXX) = Psalm 140: 2 (KJV) with an insertion from Psalm 42/43:1.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2308
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Corroded and punctured on the obverse. The reading has been confirmed with reference to better preserved parallels.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 750.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2308
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Corroded and punctured on the obverse. The reading has been confirmed with reference to better preserved parallels.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 750.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2308
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Corroded and punctured on the obverse. The reading has been confirmed with reference to better preserved parallels.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 750.