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Leo Machetarios, ostiarios (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin, turned slightly to the right, holding in her left hand the infant Christ who turns his head to the front while holding his mother with his hand, while her right hand is in front of her chest, pointing toward Christ. Sigla: ̄θῡ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

ΘΚ̄Ε͵.͵Θ̄͵
ΤΣ
ΛΕΟΝΤΙΟΣ
ΤΙΑΡΤΜΑ
ΧΗΤΑΡΙ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι ὀστιαρίῳ τῷ Μαχηταρίῳ

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin, turned slightly to the right, holding in her left hand the infant Christ who turns his head to the front while holding his mother with his hand, while her right hand is in front of her chest, pointing toward Christ. Sigla: ̄θῡ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

ΘΚ̄Ε͵.͵Θ̄͵
ΤΣ
ΛΕΟΝΤΙΟΣ
ΤΙΑΡΤΜΑ
ΧΗΤΑΡΙ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι ὀστιαρίῳ τῷ Μαχηταρίῳ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1183
Diameter 22.0 mm; field: 16.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι ὀστιαρίῳ τῷ Μαχηταρίῳ.

Theotokos, help your servant Leo Machetarios, ostiarios.

Commentary

Laurent discusses this family name in "Légendes sigillographiques et familles byzantines," 348-49; Bulles métriques, 421, 650. See also Adontz, "Notes Arméno-Byzantines," 367-71.