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'Tessera' with a labelled depiction of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) and the Christ Child. Found near Beroia/Aleppo (central Syria). Possibly late antique.

Evidence ID

E01781

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Inscribed objects

Images and objects - Lamps, ampullae and tokens

Images and objects - Other portable objects (metalwork, ivory, etc.)

Images and objects - Representative images

Literary - Magical texts and amulets

A black stone 'tessera'. Diameter: 0.022 m (which seems implausibly small). There is no published image. First published by René Mouterde and Louis Jalabert in 1929, from a copy by Sébastien Ronzevalle.

Decorated with a depiction of Mary with nimbus, covered with a veil. She is seated in a large throne with its top decorated with crosses. The Christ Child is shown in the middle.

The image is labelled with a scarcely legible inscription on the right-hand side of the object:

μήτ[ηρ θεοῦ]/'Mother [of God]'

Text:
IGLS 1, no. 217.

Use of Images

Private ownership of an image

Non Liturgical Activity

Saint as patron - of an individual
Magic

Cult Related Objects

Ampullae, flasks, etc.

Discussion

The editors suggest that another label could have been placed on the left-hand side.

Dating: The editors say nothing about the possible date of the object. Given the lack of any image, we cannot say whether it is of a late antique or middle Byzantine date.


Bibliography

Edition:
Jalabert, L., Mouterde, R., Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie, vol. 1: Commagène et Cyrrhestique (BAH 12, Paris: P. Geuthner, 1929), no. 217.


Record Created By

Paweł Nowakowski

Date Last Modified

24/10/2017

Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristCertain


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