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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1586
People
Augusta Theodora, Byzantine (r. 830 - 856)
Title
Histamenon of the Augusta Theodora Makrembolitissa
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
1055-1056 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Middle
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/168925
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.43 g
Die Axis
6
Denomination
histamenon
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: +InXnCnCSX nCSnTIhM
  • Reverse Inscription: +ThetaEODeltaWPLambda LambdaVGammaOVCTLambda
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.2, 1c.1 (p. 752)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1586
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Christ standing on square souppedion (Type IVb) facing, bearded, with cross nimbus, wearing tunic and himation; r. hand raised in blessing in sling of cloak, l. holds book, with 5-pellet design on cover, by lower edge. Double border of dots.

Rev.: To l., Theodora standing, facing, wearing crown with pinnacles and pendilia, divitsion, and loros with collar-piece and shield-like ornament; r. hand on breast. To r., the Virgin standing, facing, nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion and holding l. hand up before body. To l. of her head, M, to r., Theta (both overlined). Between them they hold labarum with patterning, pellet on shaft, with pellet below. Double border of dots.

reverse die axis 6 o'clock
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, 752, cat 1 c.1.

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 62/figs. 20a, 20b

Exhibition History

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

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