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Constantine (?) (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

The Virgin orans with medallion. Inscription : Μ̅Θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). A circular inscription, partially preserved. Border of dots.

.......ΜΑΓΝΣΟ̣Ν̣Λ̣ΑΤ......

[σκέπ(οις)] μ(έ), ἀγν(ή), σὸν λάτ[ριν Κων(σταντίνον)]

Reverse

St John Chrysostom standing. Inscription : Ο|ΙΩ̅|Ο|ΣΤΟ|Μ|.. : ὁ (ἅγιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Χρ(υσό)στ(ο)μ[ος]. Inscription around. Border of dots.

.......ΙΣΩ.ΑΤΡΗΚΩ.........

σῷ [λ]άτρῃ Κω[νσταντίνῳ]

Obverse

The Virgin orans with medallion. Inscription : Μ̅Θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). A circular inscription, partially preserved. Border of dots.

.......ΜΑΓΝΣΟ̣Ν̣Λ̣ΑΤ......

[σκέπ(οις)] μ(έ), ἀγν(ή), σὸν λάτ[ριν Κων(σταντίνον)]

Reverse

St John Chrysostom standing. Inscription : Ο|ΙΩ̅|Ο|ΣΤΟ|Μ|.. : ὁ (ἅγιος) Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Χρ(υσό)στ(ο)μ[ος]. Inscription around. Border of dots.

.......ΙΣΩ.ΑΤΡΗΚΩ.........

σῷ [λ]άτρῃ Κω[νσταντίνῳ]

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3493
Diameter 20.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

σκέποις μέ, ἀγνή, σὸν λάτριν Κωνσταντίνον. ... σῶ λάτρῃ Κωνσταντίνῳ.

Holy One, help your servant Constantine.  ... your servant Constantine.

Commentary

We have restored the inscription on the obverse in accordance with the name preserved on the reverse. The inscription makes a twelve-syllable verse that should be added to the corpus of metrical seals assembled by Wassiliou-Seibt.