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Timothy (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅θυ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

St Timothy the Apostle standing, offering a blessing with his right hand and holding the book in his left. At left: |τι|.οθ|..|. ; at right : ̣|Π|ΟΣ|Τ|ΟΛ|Ο, ὁ ἅ(γιος) Τιμόθεος ὁ Ἀπόστολος. Remains of a circular inscription between double border of dots.

Μ̣Ο̣Ι̣ΣΟΝΟΜ̣

... μοι σὸν ὁμ[ώνυμον] ...

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ̅θυ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

St Timothy the Apostle standing, offering a blessing with his right hand and holding the book in his left. At left: |τι|.οθ|..|. ; at right : ̣|Π|ΟΣ|Τ|ΟΛ|Ο, ὁ ἅ(γιος) Τιμόθεος ὁ Ἀπόστολος. Remains of a circular inscription between double border of dots.

Μ̣Ο̣Ι̣ΣΟΝΟΜ̣

... μοι σὸν ὁμ[ώνυμον] ...

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3648
Diameter 23.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

... μοι σὸν ὁμώνυμον ...

... to me, your namesake ... 

Commentary

The part of the inscription preserved shows that it formed a metrical verse typical of those calling upon the saint depicted to offer his protection to his namesake.