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Paul imperial asekretis (seventh/eighth century)

 
 

Obverse

Full-length figure of the Virgin Hodegetria, facing, standing and nimbate, holding the infant Christ on her l. arm. Christ has nimbus cruciform. In fields l. and r., invocative monograms reading Θεοτόκε and βοήθη respectively. Linear Border.

To l.,    ε - θ - κ - ο - τ

Θεοτόκε

To r.,    β - η - θ - ο

βοήθη

Reverse

In center, block monogram. Crosses in fields above and below. Two-word Circular inscription beginning on l., with cross before both words. All within wreath border.

α - λ - π - υ - ω

Παύλῳ

In circle, βασιλικῷ ἀσηκρῆτις

Obverse

Full-length figure of the Virgin Hodegetria, facing, standing and nimbate, holding the infant Christ on her l. arm. Christ has nimbus cruciform. In fields l. and r., invocative monograms reading Θεοτόκε and βοήθη respectively. Linear Border.

To l.,    ε - θ - κ - ο - τ

Θεοτόκε

To r.,    β - η - θ - ο

βοήθη

Reverse

In center, block monogram. Crosses in fields above and below. Two-word Circular inscription beginning on l., with cross before both words. All within wreath border.

α - λ - π - υ - ω

Παύλῳ

In circle, βασιλικῷ ἀσηκρῆτις

Accession number BZS.1955.1.305
Diameter 30.0 mm; field: 21.0 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 1369.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθη Παύλῳ βασιλικῷ ἀσηκρῆτις

Theotokos, help Paul the imperial asekretis