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Theodora (sixth/seventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.1598
Diameter 26 mm

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type VIII). Border of dots.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει

Reverse

Latin inscription in three lines. Border of dots.


O
R

Theodωra

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Theodωra.

Theotokos, help Theodora.

Commentary

Note the at the end of the second line of the reverse Latin inscription--likely indicating that the engraver of this bilingual seal's primary language was Greek. The character at the end of the third line may be a letter--such as an N--but it seems more likely to be a decoration, as Laurent suggests in his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection.