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Basil (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Standing figure of the Mother of God orans, with medallion of Christ before her. Along the circumference a circular inscription beginning at seven o'clock: ΘΚΕΟ.........Σ̣ΙΛΕΙ : Θ(εοτό)κε βο[ήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ) Βα]σιλείῳ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Standing figure of Saint Basil, offering a blessing with his right hand and holding the book in his left. Sigla: ||ΑΣ|Ι|Λ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Βασίλ(είος). Illegible traces of a circular inscription along the circumference : .Ν..ΤΜΟΝ, . Border of dots.

Obverse

Standing figure of the Mother of God orans, with medallion of Christ before her. Along the circumference a circular inscription beginning at seven o'clock: ΘΚΕΟ.........Σ̣ΙΛΕΙ : Θ(εοτό)κε βο[ήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δούλ(ῳ) Βα]σιλείῳ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Standing figure of Saint Basil, offering a blessing with his right hand and holding the book in his left. Sigla: ||ΑΣ|Ι|Λ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Βασίλ(είος). Illegible traces of a circular inscription along the circumference : .Ν..ΤΜΟΝ, . Border of dots.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3607
Diameter 17.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλείῳ.

Theotokos, help your servant Basil.