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Stephanites (?) (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin, with nimbus, orans, no medallion of Christ. Inscription between: Μ̅Θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Remains of circular inscription. Border of dots.

Σ̣ΩΔ̣,

[Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ] σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Standing figure of Saint Stephen, with nimbus, left hand upraised, right hand swinging censer.  At left of saint : |ΣΤ|ΕΦ|Α̣Ν|Ο, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Στέφανο(ς). Traces of a circular inscription at right. Border of dots.

....Α.ΙΤ.

[Στεφ]α[ν]ίτ[ῃ]

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin, with nimbus, orans, no medallion of Christ. Inscription between: Μ̅Θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Remains of circular inscription. Border of dots.

Σ̣ΩΔ̣,

[Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ] σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Standing figure of Saint Stephen, with nimbus, left hand upraised, right hand swinging censer.  At left of saint : |ΣΤ|ΕΦ|Α̣Ν|Ο, : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Στέφανο(ς). Traces of a circular inscription at right. Border of dots.

....Α.ΙΤ.

[Στεφ]α[ν]ίτ[ῃ]

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3500
Diameter 14.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Στεφανίτῃ.

Mother of God, help your servant Stephanites.