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Sergios imperial pistikos (eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram; in the quarters: Τ–Σ|Δ–Λ̣̣. Indeterminate border.

Κύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines, followed by a cross decoration. Indeterminate border.

Σ̣..Γ̣
ΙΒ ΠΙ.
ΤΗΚ
̣

Σ[ερ]γίῳ β(ασιλικῷ) πι[σ]τηκῷ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram; in the quarters: Τ–Σ|Δ–Λ̣̣. Indeterminate border.

Κύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription of three lines, followed by a cross decoration. Indeterminate border.

Σ̣..Γ̣
ΙΒ ΠΙ.
ΤΗΚ
̣

Σ[ερ]γίῳ β(ασιλικῷ) πι[σ]τηκῷ

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2668
Diameter 24.0 mm

Translation

Κύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Σεργίῳ βασιλικῷ πιστηκῷ.

Lord/Theotokos, help your servant Sergios imperial pistikos.

Commentary

The first line on the reverse is unclear, and traces of letters are possibly visible in two places: the rounded lower element at left (possibly part of a Σ or Ε) and vertical element at right with a horizontal element at the top (possibly a Γ or Τ). In this case, we tentatively propose the seal owner’s name as Sergios. It is also possible that these are traces of a cross decoration, mirroring that below the final line, in which case the seal owner’s name would be John. Given that there is no abbreviation (e.g., Ι̅Ω̅), however, we view this as less likely.