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Maria (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin, orans. Sigla remaining at right: ΘΥ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. No visible border.

σ . . .
.αριαν
λατρην
ωμη
ηερ

Σκέπε (?) Μαρίαν λάτρην ὦ μῆτερ

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin, orans. Sigla remaining at right: ΘΥ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. No visible border.

σ . . .
.αριαν
λατρην
ωμη
ηερ

Σκέπε (?) Μαρίαν λάτρην ὦ μῆτερ

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4566
Diameter 17.0 mm

Translation

Σκέπε Μαρίαν λάτρην ὦ μῆτερ.

Protect (your) servant Maria, O Mother (of God).

Commentary

The restoration of the inscription is uncertain, especially as this seems to be a metrical poem, perhaps Σκέπε τὴν σὴν Μαρίαν λάτρην ὦ Μήτερ.