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Maria protoproedrissa (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

The Mother of God (Hagiosoritissa) standing, her hands upraised (towards the manus Dei?). Sigla on either side: ̅θυ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Traces of an inscription visible at left: η|α|γ|ι|ο : ἡ Ἁγιοσο[ρίτισσα]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines beginning with a cross. A decoration above. Border of dots.


τηνπρ
τοπροε
ρισσαν
.α̣ρ̣ιαν
κεποι
σ

τὴν πρωτοπροέδρισσαν [Μ]αρίαν [σ]κέποις

Obverse

The Mother of God (Hagiosoritissa) standing, her hands upraised (towards the manus Dei?). Sigla on either side: ̅θυ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Traces of an inscription visible at left: η|α|γ|ι|ο : ἡ Ἁγιοσο[ρίτισσα]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines beginning with a cross. A decoration above. Border of dots.


τηνπρ
τοπροε
ρισσαν
.α̣ρ̣ιαν
κεποι
σ

τὴν πρωτοπροέδρισσαν [Μ]αρίαν [σ]κέποις

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3327
Diameter 18.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

τὴν πρωτοπροέδρισσαν Μαρίαν σκέποις.

May you protect the protoproedrissa Maria.

Commentary

The inscription is a twelve-syllable verse.