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Basil ostiarios and psaltes of the Great Church (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans. At left and right, sigla: Μ̅Θ̅: Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines preceded by decoration, the last letter between two horizontal bars. Border of dots.


θκε,θ,
ασιλ,
οστιαρ,S
ψαλτ,τησ
Θ̅Υ̅εκλ
Σ

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) Βασιλ(εί)ῳ ὀστιαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) ψάλτ(ῃ) τῆς Θ(εο)ῦ Μ(ε)γ(άλης) Ἐκλ(η)σ(ίας)

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans. At left and right, sigla: Μ̅Θ̅: Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines preceded by decoration, the last letter between two horizontal bars. Border of dots.


θκε,θ,
ασιλ,
οστιαρ,S
ψαλτ,τησ
Θ̅Υ̅εκλ
Σ

Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) Βασιλ(εί)ῳ ὀστιαρ(ίῳ) (καὶ) ψάλτ(ῃ) τῆς Θ(εο)ῦ Μ(ε)γ(άλης) Ἐκλ(η)σ(ίας)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2111
Diameter 19.0 mm; field: 13.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.44a; Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 140 (Vienna 80 illustrated).

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Βασιλείῳ ὀστιαρίῳ καὶ ψάλτῃ τῆς Θεοῦ Μεγάλης Ἐκλησίας.

Mother of God, help Basil ostiarios and psaltes of the Great Church of God.

Commentary

If this specimen is parallel with the Vienna seal, then the sigla on the obverse would be ̅ΘΥ̅.