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John Philokales, protospatharios and hypatos (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1243
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 16 mm

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God, facing, orans, with the medallion of Christ with nimbus cruciform before her. Sigla to both sides: ̄θῡ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

  
ΘΚΕ͵͵Θ
Ι̄Α͂ΣΠΑΘ,
ΡΙ,ΥΠΑΤ,
ΤΦΙΛΟ
ΚΑΛ,

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ ὑπάτ τῷ Φιλοκάλ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Ἰωάννῃ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ ὑπάτῳ τῷ Φιλοκάλῃ.

Theotokos, help John Philokales, protospatharios and hypatos.

Commentary

In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection, Laurent points out that this could be the poet John Geometres, as he calls himself Φιλόκαλος as well (Patmos, p. 12 n. 2).

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1243
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 16 mm

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1243
Diameter 20 mm
Field diameter 16 mm

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