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Basil, imperial cleric of the . . . (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans. Inscription: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεο. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines with decoration above. Border of dots.

θκ̅ε,Θ,
ΑΣΙΛΕΙ,
ΑΣΙΛˋΚΛΙ
ΡΙΚΟΤΟΝ.
Τ..

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Βασιλεί βασιλικῷ κληρικὸ τῶν .ουτω..

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans. Inscription: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεο. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines with decoration above. Border of dots.

θκ̅ε,Θ,
ΑΣΙΛΕΙ,
ΑΣΙΛˋΚΛΙ
ΡΙΚΟΤΟΝ.
Τ..

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Βασιλεί βασιλικῷ κληρικὸ τῶν .ουτω..

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2956
Diameter 21.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Βασιλείῳ βασιλικῳ κληρικὸ τῶν .ουτω..

Theotokos, help Basil, imperial cleric of the . . . (?)

Commentary

The last word on this seal appears to be the name of a monastery or other such institution; however, the crack in the seal makes this part of the inscription illegible. It is also possible that this is a family name (beginning with Ν after the ΤΩ), but with this seal being that of a cleric, a religious institution is more likely.