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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1623
People
Michael VII, Byzantine (r. 1071-1078)
Title
Tetarteron of Michael VII Ducas and Maria of Alania
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
1071-1078 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Middle
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/168622
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.00 g
Denomination
tetarteron
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: +ThetaKE ROHTheta. In field, MP ThetaV (both overlined).
  • Reverse Inscription: +MI XAHLambda SM PA
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.2, 4.2 (p. 808)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1623
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Bust of the Virgin facing, wearing tunic and maphorion, holding medallion of the Infant Christ with cross behind head. Single border of dots.

Rev.: Half-length figures of Michael (on l.) and Maria (on r.), facing, holding between them long cross, with terminal pellets to arms, on shaft with X. Michael wears modified loros and crown with cross and pendilia, Maria, modified loros and collar-piece and crown with pinnacles and pendilia. Single border of dots.

reverse die axis 6 o'clock. worn die.
Publication History

Alfred R. Bellinger, ed., Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection (Washington, D.C, 1992), vol. 3, part 2, 808, cat. 4.2

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 103/figs. 44a, 44b

Exhibition History

Byzantine Women and Their World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/25/2002 - 04/28/2003

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