'Tessera' with a labelled depiction of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) and the Christ Child. Found near Beroia/Aleppo (central Syria). Possibly late antique.
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.
Private ownership of an imageNon Liturgical Activity
Saint as patron - of an individualCult Related Objects
Ampullae, flasks, etc.
DiscussionThe 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.
Jalabert, L., Mouterde, R., Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie, vol. 1: Commagène et Cyrrhestique (BAH 12, Paris: P. Geuthner, 1929), no. 217.
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