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Basil protospatharios and chartoularios of the Great Church (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.199

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.4; Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 68.

Details

Diameter:
19 mm

Obverse

Basil protospatharios and chartoularios of the Great Church (eleventh century)

Bust of the Mother of God orans with a medallion of Christ before her. Visible at right: ΘΥ̅ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. No visible border.

Reverse

Basil protospatharios and chartoularios of the Great Church (eleventh century)

Inscription of six lines. No visible border.

κε,θ,
τσΔ
σιλιο
σπθSχ̅τ̅
τ,τθ̅υ̅.
.λλισι

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δού(λῳ) Βασιλίο (πρωτο)σπαθ(αρίῳ) (καὶ) χ(αρ)τ(ουλαρίῳ) τ(ῆς) τοῦ Θ(εο)ῦ Μ(ε)γ(άλης) [Ἐκ]κλ{λ}ισί(ας)

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Βασιλίο πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ τῆς τοῦ Θεοῦ Μεγάλης Ἐκκλισίας.

Lord, help your servant Basil protospatharios and chartoularios of the Great Church of God.

Audio

Commentary

It is interesting that the invocation on the reverse opens with an appeal to the "Lord." One might have expected a request for help addressed to the "Mother of God." The form of the invocation is not tied to iconography, but to the ultimate patron of the Great Church, "God."

 

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