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Basil (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with her hands raised. Sigla at left and right: ̅ – Θ̅Υ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, the fine line between two horizontal bars. Border of dots.

Κ̅Ε̅,Θ,
ΤΣ,
ΑΣΙΛΕΙ


Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Βασιλείῳ

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with her hands raised. Sigla at left and right: ̅ – Θ̅Υ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, the fine line between two horizontal bars. Border of dots.

Κ̅Ε̅,Θ,
ΤΣ,
ΑΣΙΛΕΙ


Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Βασιλείῳ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.47
Diameter 27.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλείῳ.

Lord, help your servant Basil.

Commentary

The field diameter of the obverse (15 mm) is smaller than the reverse (17 mm).