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Christopher (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Saint Demetrios on horseback to right. Inscription : ΟΔΗ̣ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Δη[μήτρ(ιος)]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΣΚΕΠ̣
ΑΘΛ.ΤΑ
ΣΟΝΔ.
.ΡΙΣΤ.
Φ̣ΟΡΟΝ

σκέπ(οις) ἀθλ[η]τά σὸν δοῦ[λ(ου) Χ]ριστ[ο]φόρον

Obverse

Saint Demetrios on horseback to right. Inscription : ΟΔΗ̣ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Δη[μήτρ(ιος)]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΣΚΕΠ̣
ΑΘΛ.ΤΑ
ΣΟΝΔ.
.ΡΙΣΤ.
Φ̣ΟΡΟΝ

σκέπ(οις) ἀθλ[η]τά σὸν δοῦ[λ(ου) Χ]ριστ[ο]φόρον

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1175
Diameter 20.0 mm; field: 12.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

σκέποις, ἀθλητά, σὸν δοῦλου Χριστοφόρον.

Champion, may you help your servant Christopher. 

Commentary

Metrical inscription of twelve syllables. Note the similar inscription published by Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1976.