St. Sabas seal found in Jerusalem

St. Sabas, a leader of the monastic movement, was a very important person in Jerusalem during the Middle Ages. Recently a lead seal, bearing his image and dating to the 13th century, was discovered during an archaeological dig in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem. (photo)

Used to seal letters and documents with wax, the seal features the "saint’s image, wearing a toga-like himation and holding a cross in his right hand." On the reverse side, the seal says “This is the seal of the Laura of the Holy Sabas.” The Laura refers to the Monastery of St. Sabas, known as the “Great Laura” in the Byzantine period.