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Basil N., imperial protospatharios and epi tou vestiariou (tenth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God holding the medallion of Christ before her. Inscription on either side: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Along the circumference, within a border of dots, a circular inscription beginning at seven o'clock:

..Ε̣̣ΟΗΘΕΙΤΣΟΥ..

[Θ(εοτόκ)]ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δού[λῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. The last line is largely missing. Border of dots.

ΣΙΛ
ΕΙΣΠ
ΘΕΠΙΤ,Ε
Τ̣..Ρ,ΤΟ.
....

Βασιλείῳ β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπ[α]θ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) ἐπὶ τ(οῦ) βε[σ]τ[ια]ρ(ίου) το ....

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God holding the medallion of Christ before her. Inscription on either side: ̅ΘΥ̅: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Along the circumference, within a border of dots, a circular inscription beginning at seven o'clock:

..Ε̣̣ΟΗΘΕΙΤΣΟΥ..

[Θ(εοτόκ)]ε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δού[λῳ]

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. The last line is largely missing. Border of dots.

ΣΙΛ
ΕΙΣΠ
ΘΕΠΙΤ,Ε
Τ̣..Ρ,ΤΟ.
....

Βασιλείῳ β(ασιλικῷ) (πρωτο)σπ[α]θ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) ἐπὶ τ(οῦ) βε[σ]τ[ια]ρ(ίου) το ....

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.709
Diameter 22.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλείῳ βασιλικῷ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ ἐπὶ τοῦ βεστιαρίου το ....

Mother of God, help your servant Basil ..., imperial protospatharios and epi tou vestiariou.