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Orestes monk, imperial cleric, and chartophylax (tenth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.47
Diameter 24 mm
Field diameter 21 mm
Condition Chipped.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 85.


Bust of the Virgin, nimbate, with the medallion of Christ before her. Circular inscription within a border of dots.


Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σδούλῳ


Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.


ρεστῃ μοναχῷ βασιλικῷ κληρικῷ καὶ χαρτοφύλακι


Ὑπεραγία Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ὀρεστῃ μοναχῷ βασιλικῷ κληρικῷ καὶ χαρτοφύλακι.

All-holy Theotokos, help your servant Orestes, monk, imperial cleric, and chartophylax.


Although much of the name is chipped away, Laurent was correct that it can be restored as a result of the lack of other names that stat with Ο and end with Η in the dative. This is likely the same Orestes the chartophylax who is mentioned in a correspondence of the second quarter of the tenth century (Byzantion 24 (1954), 405-06, 430).