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John protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou, asekretis, exaktor, imperial notarios and judge of the Hippodrome (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding the medallion before her. Sigla partially preserved: ..θυ̅ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Inscription along the upper circumference. Border of dots.

οηθ,τσ,

[Θ(εοτό)κε] βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of eight lines. Border of dots.

ι̅α̅
σπαθαεπι
τουγ̅,κλα
σικρητ,εα
κτρ̅⸣ νο
ταρ,κεκρι
τ,επιτη
,ρ,

Ἰω(άννῃ) (πρωτο)σπαθα(ρίῳ) ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρ(υσο)(τρι)κλ(ίνου), ἀσικρῆτ(ις), ἐξάκτωρ(ι), β(ασιλικῷ) νοταρ(ίῳ) κὲ κριτ(ῇ) ἐπὶ τοῦ Ἡππ(ο)δρ(όμου)

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding the medallion before her. Sigla partially preserved: ..θυ̅ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Inscription along the upper circumference. Border of dots.

οηθ,τσ,

[Θ(εοτό)κε] βοήθ(ει) τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ)

Reverse

Inscription of eight lines. Border of dots.

ι̅α̅
σπαθαεπι
τουγ̅,κλα
σικρητ,εα
κτρ̅⸣ νο
ταρ,κεκρι
τ,επιτη
,ρ,

Ἰω(άννῃ) (πρωτο)σπαθα(ρίῳ) ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρ(υσο)(τρι)κλ(ίνου), ἀσικρῆτ(ις), ἐξάκτωρ(ι), β(ασιλικῷ) νοταρ(ίῳ) κὲ κριτ(ῇ) ἐπὶ τοῦ Ἡππ(ο)δρ(όμου)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.637
Diameter 27.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Condition Chipped.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου, ἀσηκρῆτις, ἐξάκτωρι, βασιλικῷ νοτατρίῳ κὲ κριτῇ ἐπὶ τοῦ Ἡπποδρόμου.

Mother of God, help your servant John protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou, asekretis, exaktor, imperial notarios and judge of the Hippodrome.