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Alexander Kabasilas (?), protonobelissimos (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

St Demetrios standing, holding the martyr's cross in his right hand. Inscription preserved at right: Δ.|̣|τρ|ιο : [ὁ ἅγιος] Δ[η]μήτριο[ς]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

αγι̣Εη̣.
..Τριε.
..ενρ.
.νε..
.ιμτ̣.
.̣Σ̣Ι̣Λ̣

Ἁγιε Δη[μή]τριε β(οή)[θ(ει) Ἀλ]εξάνδρ[ῳ (πρωτο)]νωβε[λισ]ίμῳ τῷ [Καβ]ασίλ[ᾳ]

Obverse

St Demetrios standing, holding the martyr's cross in his right hand. Inscription preserved at right: Δ.|̣|τρ|ιο : [ὁ ἅγιος] Δ[η]μήτριο[ς]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.

αγι̣Εη̣.
..Τριε.
..ενρ.
.νε..
.ιμτ̣.
.̣Σ̣Ι̣Λ̣

Ἁγιε Δη[μή]τριε β(οή)[θ(ει) Ἀλ]εξάνδρ[ῳ (πρωτο)]νωβε[λισ]ίμῳ τῷ [Καβ]ασίλ[ᾳ]

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2025
Diameter 23.0 mm
Condition Flattened on the sides, with loss of lettering.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Ἁγιε Δημήτριε βοήθει Ἀλεξάνδρῳ πρωτονωβελισίμῳ τῷ Καβασίλᾳ.

St Demetrios, help Alexander Kabasilas, protonobelissimos.

Commentary

The lettering of the last line of the reverse is too poorly preserved to offer a secure reading of the owner's family name.