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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1435
People
Theodora, Byzantine (co-r.1042; r. alone 1055-1056)
Title
Tetarteron of Theodora, Constantinople
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/196616
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.03 g
Die Axis
6
Denomination
tetarteron
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: No inscr.
  • Reverse Inscription: +OEODeltaW I LambdaVGammaOV
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.2, 2.2 (p. 753)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1435
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Bust of Christ (Type Vf) facing, with long pointed beard and cross nimbus having • • • in arms, wearig tunic and himation; r. hand raised before breast in blessing, l. holds book from beneath. To l., IC, to r., XC (both overlined). Single border of dots.

Rev.: Bust of Theodora facing, wearing crown with cross and pendilia, loros of modified type, with central ornamental strip, and high pearl collar. In r. hand, scepter with pellets, in l., gl. cr. Single 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, 753, cat. 2.2, pl. 62

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 98/figs. 40a, 40b

Exhibition History

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

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