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Manuel sebastophoros (eleventh century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2962
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 16 mm

Obverse

Inscription of four lines beginning with a cross. Decoration below. Border of dots.

ΘΚ̅Ε
ΟΗΘΕΙ
ΤΣ
ΟΥΛ,
  

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
ΜΑΝ
ΗΛΣΕ
ΑΣΤΟ
ΦΟΡ
  

Μανουὴλ σεβαστοφόρῳ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Μανουὴλ σεβαστοφόρῳ.

Mother of God, help your servant Manuel, sebastophoros.

Commentary

The absence of a channel shows that this piece is a tessera rather than a seal.