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Stephen, proedros (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God holding the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Within a border of dots, a circular invocative inscription visible at left, beginning at eight o'clock:

ΘΚΕΘΤΟ

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) το [σῷ δούλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. A decoration below. Border of dots.

ΜΗ̅ΡΘΥ̅
ΡΟΕΡΟΝ
ΤΕΑ̣Ν̣ΟΝ
ΚΕΠΟΙΣ
  

Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ [π]ρόεδρον [Σ]τέφανον [σ]κέποις

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God holding the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Within a border of dots, a circular invocative inscription visible at left, beginning at eight o'clock:

ΘΚΕΘΤΟ

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) το [σῷ δούλῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. A decoration below. Border of dots.

ΜΗ̅ΡΘΥ̅
ΡΟΕΡΟΝ
ΤΕΑ̣Ν̣ΟΝ
ΚΕΠΟΙΣ
  

Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ [π]ρόεδρον [Σ]τέφανον [σ]κέποις

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2596
Diameter 23.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1433.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει το σῷ δούλῳ. Μήτηρ Θεοῦ πρόεδρον Στέφανον σκέποις.

Theotokos, help your servant. Mother of God, may you protect the proedros Stephen.

Commentary

It is not clear what proedros means here, either a title or a term used metri causa to refer to a bishop or metropolitan.