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Peter protekdikos of the Great Church (eleventh/twelfth centuries)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.5532
Diameter 23 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.42; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1649. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 919.

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans with a medallion of Christ before her. At left and right: Μ̅Θ̅ : Μ(ήτηρ) Θ(εοῦ). Beginning at 12 o'clock, circular inscription within a double border of dots.

θκεοηθεισδουλπετρ

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει σῷ δούλῳ Πέτρῳ

Reverse

Inscription of five lines preceded by a cross. Border of dots.


τ͂του
μεγΊστου
Ῑεροῦπρ
τεκδΊ
κ

τῷ τοῦ μεγίστου ἱεροῦ πρωτεκδίκῳ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει σῷ δούλῳ Πέτρῳ τῷ τοῦ μεγίστου ἱεροῦ πρωτεκδίκῳ.

Mother of God, help your servant Peter, the protekdikos of the Great Church.

Commentary

Twelve-syllable verse on reverse. On the obverse, the definite article τῷ may have been deliberately omitted after βοήθει for metrical purposes.

Accent marks on the reverse.