Xene, nun and zoste. Byzantine lead seal c. 11th century AD

Ancient Coins - Xene, nun and zoste. Byzantine lead seal c. 11th century AD
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Xene, nun and zoste. Byzantine lead seal c. 11th century AD
Half length bust the Virgin Hodegetria, nimbate, wearing chiton and maphorion, right hand raised, pointing towards Infant Christ on her left arm
[+ΘKE?]R’Θ | [T]H CH ΔOV | [Λ]H ΞENH M | [WN?]AXH KAI | [Z]WCTH in five lines
30mm, 18.04 gram; very fine, rough

The dignity of zoste patrikia was awarded to the empress’ chief attendant. Her status is evident from the fact that she had the right to dine at the imperial table, along with, for one, the patriarch of Constantinople. In fact, “zoste” is the only truly female court dignity. The zoste held her rank in her own right, independent of her husband’s rank.

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