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Maria protospatharissa (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.908
Diameter 19 mm

Obverse

Bust of St. George, facing, nimbate, unbearded, with curly hair, holding a spear in his right hand with what seems to be a shield in his left. Inscription visible in a column to the left: |Γ: ὁ ἅγιος Γεώργιος. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Border of dots.

ΚΕο
αρηα
αˋσπαθα
.εα

Κύριε βοήθει Μαρήα πρωτοσπαθαρέα

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Μαρήα πρωτοσπαθαρέα.

Lord, help Maria protospatharissa.

Commentary

Note that on her seal, Maria does not call herself a "protospatharissa," but a "protospatharea." In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection, Laurent identifies this Maria as the same individual in specimens BZS.1947.2.881 and BZS.1947.2.882, when she was a spatharissa.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.908
Diameter 19 mm

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Accession number BZS.1947.2.908
Diameter 19 mm

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Accession number BZS.1947.2.908
Diameter 19 mm