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Maria protospatharissa (ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.908
Diameter 19 mm


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.


Inscription in four lines. Border of dots.


Κύριε βοήθει Μαρήα πρωτοσπαθαρέα


Κύριε βοήθει Μαρήα πρωτοσπαθαρέα.

Lord, help Maria protospatharissa.


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 In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection, Laurent identifies this Maria as the same individual in specimens BZS.1947.2.881 and BZS.1947.2.882, when she was a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