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Basil (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of a saint, likely St Nicholas, holding the book in his left hand. No sigla visible. Linear border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, first line missing. Linear border.

......
̣ΣΙΛΕ̣Ι
ΟΝ̣ΣΚΕ
ΠΟΙΣ 

... [Β]ασίλειον σκέποις

Obverse

Bust of a saint, likely St Nicholas, holding the book in his left hand. No sigla visible. Linear border.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, first line missing. Linear border.

......
̣ΣΙΛΕ̣Ι
ΟΝ̣ΣΚΕ
ΠΟΙΣ 

... [Β]ασίλειον σκέποις

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3618
Diameter 17.0 mm
Condition Fragment
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

...Βασίλειον σκέποις.

... may you protect Basil.

Commentary

The portion of the inscription preserved indicates that this was a metrical verse.