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Leo Skylitzes (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

The Mother of God (Hagiosoritissa) standing, her hands upraised in supplication; above left, the manus Dei. Sigla on either side: μ̅θ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(ε)οῦ. Epithet on either side: η|α|γιοσο̣|ρι̣|τ̣ : ἡ Ἁγιοσορίτ(ισσα). Within concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning (presumably with a cross) at twelve o'clock:

τονσκυλ̣.την

τὸν Σκυλ[ί]τζην

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

λεοντ
πρθενε
σκεποι

Λέοντα, παρθένε, σκέποι(ς)

Obverse

The Mother of God (Hagiosoritissa) standing, her hands upraised in supplication; above left, the manus Dei. Sigla on either side: μ̅θ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(ε)οῦ. Epithet on either side: η|α|γιοσο̣|ρι̣|τ̣ : ἡ Ἁγιοσορίτ(ισσα). Within concentric borders of dots, a circular inscription beginning (presumably with a cross) at twelve o'clock:

τονσκυλ̣.την

τὸν Σκυλ[ί]τζην

Reverse

Inscription of three lines. Border of dots.

λεοντ
πρθενε
σκεποι

Λέοντα, παρθένε, σκέποι(ς)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1572
Diameter 20.0 mm
Previous Editions

For parallels, see PBW: Leon 20357.

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

τὸν Σκυλίτζην Λέοντα, παρθένε, σκέποις.

Virgin, may you protect Leo Skylitzes.

Commentary

Inscription of twelve syllables.