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John Komitas, vestarches (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of John the Baptist with a cross in his right hand. Sigla to either side: Ο̣|Ι̅|Δ|ΡΟ|Μ, : ὁ Ἰω(άννης) Πρ(ό)δρομ(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

ΚΕ̅Θ
.̅ΕΣΤΑ
.Χ̣ΗΤΟΚΟ
ΜΙΤΑ̣

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) ['Ι]ω(άννῃ) βεστά[ρ]χῃ το Κομιτᾷ

Obverse

Bust of John the Baptist with a cross in his right hand. Sigla to either side: Ο̣|Ι̅|Δ|ΡΟ|Μ, : ὁ Ἰω(άννης) Πρ(ό)δρομ(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

ΚΕ̅Θ
.̅ΕΣΤΑ
.Χ̣ΗΤΟΚΟ
ΜΙΤΑ̣

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) ['Ι]ω(άννῃ) βεστά[ρ]χῃ το Κομιτᾷ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1023
Diameter 16.0 mm
Condition Chipped at top and bottom of channel; blank larger than die.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει 'Ιωάννῃ βεστάρχῃ το Κομιτᾷ

Lord, help John Komitas, vestarches.

Commentary

The reading of the owner's family name is not certain, but the last letter in the reverse inscription appears to be alpha. Hence we read Komitas, but with reservations.