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Basil Kourtikes, vestarches and kouropalates (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1110
Diameter 20 mm
Condition The reverse is poorly struck.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin, facing, orans, with the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla to both sides: Μ̄Θ̄ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines with cross above. Border of dots.


ασι,ε
στ.ρκ
.ρ,παλατ
κρτικ.

Βασιλείῳ βεστάρχῃ καὶ κουροπαλάτῃ τ Κουρτίκ

Translation

Βασιλείῳ βεστάρχῃ καὶ κουροπαλάτῃ τῷ Κουρτίκῃ.

Basil Kourtikes, vestarches and kouropalates.

Commentary

In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection, Laurent says that the conventional invocation should be supplied on the obverse, although it does not seem to be present, and he reads the dative all in the dative. While this has been followed here, there are no terminations written out on the reverse, so its case is unclear.

Laurent also identifies this Basil as the ambassador who, in 1092, was sent by Alexios to Malik-Shah (Dölger, Kaiserregesten II, 1164), and who is mentioned throughout the Alexiad and through Nikephoros Bryennios.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1110
Diameter 20 mm
Condition The reverse is poorly struck.
Accession number BZS.1947.2.1110
Diameter 20 mm
Condition The reverse is poorly struck.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1110
Diameter 20 mm
Condition The reverse is poorly struck.

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