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Kamateros (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

The Dormition of the Mother of God. Sigla in two columns: ΚΗ|ΜΗΣΙ|Σ: Κήμησις. Border of dots.

 

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Border of dots. 

ΤΟΝΚΑ
ΜΑΤΗΡΟΝ
ΜΕΡ̅Γ ΗΜΕ
ΣΚΕΠΟΙΣ

Τὸν Καματηρὸν μῆτερ ἀγνή με σκέποις

Obverse

The Dormition of the Mother of God. Sigla in two columns: ΚΗ|ΜΗΣΙ|Σ: Κήμησις. Border of dots.

 

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Border of dots. 

ΤΟΝΚΑ
ΜΑΤΗΡΟΝ
ΜΕΡ̅Γ ΗΜΕ
ΣΚΕΠΟΙΣ

Τὸν Καματηρὸν μῆτερ ἀγνή με σκέποις

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4046
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 18.0 mm

Translation

Τὸν Καματηρὸν μῆτερ ἀγνή με σκέποις.

Holy Mother, may you protect me, Kamateros.

Commentary

Dodecasyllabic. This is also one of the rare Byzantine seals depicting a narrative scene. Since only the family name of the bearer of the seal is mentioned, it is difficult to associate the seal with any other twelfth-century specimen known to have belonged to other Kamateroi. Cf. Jordanov, Corpus II, p. 174. 

Νote the unusual combination of gamma-nu rendered as a ligature consisting of a regular gamma with a miniature nu placed on top of its arm.