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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1256
People
Leo VI, Byzantine (r. 870 - 912)
Title
Solidus of Leo VI, the Wise
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
886-908 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Middle
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/168623
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.22 g
Denomination
solidus
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: +MARIA+. In field l., ΜΡ(bar above), in field r., ΘΥ(bar above) Μητερ Θεου = Mother of God)
  • Reverse Inscription: LEOnEn [RISXiO bASILEYSROMEON
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.2, 1b.3 (p. 512)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1256
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Bust of the Virgin facing, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.

Rev.: Bust of Leo VI facing, with long beard, wearing chlamys with elaborate tablion and crown with cross composed of four pellets. In r. hand, globus surmounted by patriarchal cross.
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, 512, cat. 1b.3

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 128/figs. 57a, 57b

Exhibition History

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

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