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N. Bryennios protonobellisimos, doux, and praitor (twelfth century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

Standing image of the Mother of God with her hands upraised in prayer. Inscription on either side: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕ̅,Θ,
ΤΑΝΕΛ
ΛΙΣΙΜ,ΚΙ
ΠΡΑΙΤΡΙ
ΡΥΕΝΙ

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ (πρωτο)νωβελλισίμ(ῳ), δουκὶ (καὶ) πραιτώρι Βρυένιῳ

Obverse

Standing image of the Mother of God with her hands upraised in prayer. Inscription on either side: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕ̅,Θ,
ΤΑΝΕΛ
ΛΙΣΙΜ,ΚΙ
ΠΡΑΙΤΡΙ
ΡΥΕΝΙ

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ (πρωτο)νωβελλισίμ(ῳ), δουκὶ (καὶ) πραιτώρι Βρυένιῳ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.694
Diameter 26.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ πρωτονωβελλισίμῳ, δουκὶ καὶ πραιτώρι Βρυένιῳ.

Mother of God, help Bryennios, protonobellisimos, doux, and praitor.