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Helen (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with medallion. Inscription preserved at left: Μ̣̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) [Θ(εοῦ)]. 

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, beginning with a cross.

ΘΚ̅Ε
Θ,ΤΗ.
ΔΛΗΕ
ΛΕΝΗ

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῇ [σ(ῇ)δούλῃ Ἑλένῃ

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with medallion. Inscription preserved at left: Μ̣̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) [Θ(εοῦ)]. 

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, beginning with a cross.

ΘΚ̅Ε
Θ,ΤΗ.
ΔΛΗΕ
ΛΕΝΗ

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῇ [σ(ῇ)δούλῃ Ἑλένῃ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2689
Diameter 17.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῇ σ δούλῃ Ἑλένῃ.

Theotokos, help your servant, Helen.