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Garinos patrikios (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.789
Diameter 21 mm
Field diameter 16 mm

Obverse

The Virgin seated upon a cushioned throne, holding the Christ child on her lap with her hands. Sigla to both sides: ̄θῡ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in six lines. Border of dots.

ΘΚ̄Ε͵͵Θ̄͵
ΤΟΝΣΟΝ
ΔΟΥΛΟΝ
ΓΑΡΙΝΟΝ
ΠΑΤΡΙΚΙ
Ν

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τὸν σὸν δοῦλον Γαρινὸν πατρίκιων

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τὸν σὸν δοῦλον Γαρινὸν πατρίκιων.

Theotokos, help your servant Garinos patrikios.

Commentary

While a strange name, Garinos is clearly present on the seal. It is possible that it is an engraver's error for Μάρινον (Marinos), but the seal is quite clear.