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John Abalantes(?), kouropalates (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans. Sigla visible at right: Θ̣Υ̣̅ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Linear border.

ΘΚ̣...
ΤΣ̣...
Ι̅̅ΚΟΥ̣..
Π,ΛΑΤ,Τ..
ΑΛ̣.

Θ(εοτό)κ[ε β(οή)θ(ει)] τῷ σ[ῷ δού(λῳ)] Ἰω(άννῃ) κου[ρο]π(α)λάτ(ῃ) τ[ῳ Ἀ]βαλ[άντῃ]

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans. Sigla visible at right: Θ̣Υ̣̅ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Linear border.

ΘΚ̣...
ΤΣ̣...
Ι̅̅ΚΟΥ̣..
Π,ΛΑΤ,Τ..
ΑΛ̣.

Θ(εοτό)κ[ε β(οή)θ(ει)] τῷ σ[ῷ δού(λῳ)] Ἰω(άννῃ) κου[ρο]π(α)λάτ(ῃ) τ[ῳ Ἀ]βαλ[άντῃ]

Accession number BZS.1958.106.4502
Diameter 20.0 mm
Condition Corroded, worn, and broken.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Ἰωάννῃ κουροπαλάτῃ τῳ Ἀβαλάντῃ.

Theotokos, help your servant John Abalantes, kouropalates.

Commentary

The reading of the family name is provisional and awaits confirmation from a better preserved parallel.