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Maria sebaste (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of three lines beginning with a cross. Decorations above and below. Border of dots.


ΤΡΟ
ΦΗ̣..ΝΗ
ΤΝ


τροφὴ [πε]νήτων

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. A decoration above. Border of dots.


ΤΗΣΣΕ
ΡΑ..ΗΣ
ΜΑΡΙ
ΑΣ

τῆς σεβα[στ]ῆς Μαρίας

Obverse

Inscription of three lines beginning with a cross. Decorations above and below. Border of dots.


ΤΡΟ
ΦΗ̣..ΝΗ
ΤΝ


τροφὴ [πε]νήτων

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. A decoration above. Border of dots.


ΤΗΣΣΕ
ΡΑ..ΗΣ
ΜΑΡΙ
ΑΣ

τῆς σεβα[στ]ῆς Μαρίας

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2966
Diameter 21.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

τροφὴ πενήτων τῆς σεβα[στ]ῆς Μαρίας.

The nourishment of the poor, from the sebaste Maria.

Commentary

An interesting example of a token used for the nourishment of the poor sponsored by the owner. The inscription is metrical.