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Nicholas (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Probably a portrait of the Virgin, with nimbus, otherwise indistinct. No visible epigraphy. Border of dots.

Reverse

Bust of St Thomas, with nimbus, holding his right hand in blessing, a book in left hand. Visible at left : Ο|Α; at right : Θ||Μ, . ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θωμ[άς]. Remains of circular inscription:

ΘΤΣΔ,ΝΙΚΟΛ,

[Θεοτόκε βοή]θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ) Νικολ(άῳ)

Obverse

Probably a portrait of the Virgin, with nimbus, otherwise indistinct. No visible epigraphy. Border of dots.

Reverse

Bust of St Thomas, with nimbus, holding his right hand in blessing, a book in left hand. Visible at left : Ο|Α; at right : Θ||Μ, . ὁ ἅ(γιος) Θωμ[άς]. Remains of circular inscription:

ΘΤΣΔ,ΝΙΚΟΛ,

[Θεοτόκε βοή]θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ) Νικολ(άῳ)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3506
Diameter 24.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικολάῳ.

Τheotokos, help your servant Nicholas.

Commentary

Reverse inscription corroded, hence it is uncertain whether the invocation reads Θεοτόκε or Κύριε.