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Basil (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of a bishop saint. Traces of epigraphy on the right: Κ|.|.: [Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νι]κ[όλ(αος)]? Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

. . . Κ̣.
οηθ
Τ̣σ.
̣ασιλ
Ι̣̣

[Κύριε/Θεοτόκε β]οήθ[ει] τῷ σῷ [δούλῳ] Βασιλ[ε]ίῳ

Obverse

Bust of a bishop saint. Traces of epigraphy on the right: Κ|.|.: [Ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νι]κ[όλ(αος)]? Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

. . . Κ̣.
οηθ
Τ̣σ.
̣ασιλ
Ι̣̣

[Κύριε/Θεοτόκε β]οήθ[ει] τῷ σῷ [δούλῳ] Βασιλ[ε]ίῳ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2472
Diameter 19.0 mm
Condition Blank too small for die.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε/Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλείῳ.

Lord/Mother of God, help your servant Basil.

Commentary

The bottom part of one letter from the first line on the reverse, possibly a kappa, is faintly visible, yielding either Κύριε or Θεοτόκε.