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Basil Xeros, vestarches (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Two saints standing in non-military garb, nimbed, facing toward each other. At left, St. Mark with sigla preserved at left: Μ|ΑΡ|Κ|Ο|Σ : Μαρκός. At right, St. Demetrios. No sigla visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

̣Α̣ποστο
Λ̣̣Ν̣ΠΡΤΙ
Σ̣Τ̣Ε̣Μ̣Α̣Ρ̣ΤΥΡ̣
. .λεοση.ο̣ν̣
σ̣κεποιτε̣̣α̣
σιλειον̣ε̣
σταρχη̣,

[ἀ]ποστό[λων] πρώτι[στε, μαρ]τύρων κλέος, Ξηρὸν σκέποιτε Βασίλειον βεστάρχη(ν)

Obverse

Two saints standing in non-military garb, nimbed, facing toward each other. At left, St. Mark with sigla preserved at left: Μ|ΑΡ|Κ|Ο|Σ : Μαρκός. At right, St. Demetrios. No sigla visible. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines. Border of dots.

̣Α̣ποστο
Λ̣̣Ν̣ΠΡΤΙ
Σ̣Τ̣Ε̣Μ̣Α̣Ρ̣ΤΥΡ̣
. .λεοση.ο̣ν̣
σ̣κεποιτε̣̣α̣
σιλειον̣ε̣
σταρχη̣,

[ἀ]ποστό[λων] πρώτι[στε, μαρ]τύρων κλέος, Ξηρὸν σκέποιτε Βασίλειον βεστάρχη(ν)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3811
Diameter 29.0 mm
Condition Quite worn.
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 125 (cited by the negative number rather than by the catalogue number).

Translation

ἀποστόλων πρώτιστε, μαρτύρων κλέος, Ξηρὸν σκέποιτε Βασίλειον βεστάρχην.

Foremost of the Apostles, glory of the martyrs, may you protect the vestarches Basil Xeros.

Commentary

The reading of the obverse and the identification of the saint shown on the right of the obverse have been confirmed with reference to the better preserved specimens of the same owner cited in this entry.