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Theodore? (sixth/seventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans, facing, nimbate and wearing maphorion, with medallion of Christ with nimbus cruciform before her. Inscription preserved at right: ΘΥ: [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Indeterminate border.

ε - θ - ρ - ω

Θεοδώρου ?

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans, facing, nimbate and wearing maphorion, with medallion of Christ with nimbus cruciform before her. Inscription preserved at right: ΘΥ: [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Indeterminate border.

ε - θ - ρ - ω

Θεοδώρου ?

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3417
Diameter 18.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Θεοδώρου

(Seal of) Theodore.

Commentary

The blank was too small for the die used. We have proposed what seems the most reasonable reading based on the letters visible.