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E00964: White marble capital with a carving of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) with her Child. Found at Herakleia Pontike (Honoriad, northern Asia Minor). Probably late antique.

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posted on 10.12.2015, 00:00 by pnowakowski
A white marble Corinthian capital with a carving of a woman with a child, kept in the library/museum of the city of Ereğli (inv. no. 32). The capital's cross section is square, W. 0.26 m. There are inscribed labels (letter height 0.02 m) to the right and to the left of the head of the depicted woman. Based on these labels Walter Ameling rightly identified the mother and child as the Virgin Mary and Jesus.

Label:

σωτήρ ἁγία

'Saviour' 'The Holy (Mother)'

Text: I. Heraclea Pontica, no. 36.

History

Evidence ID

E00964

Saint Name

Mary, Mother of Christ : S00033

Type of Evidence

Images and objects - Sculpture/reliefs Inscriptions - Inscribed architectural elements Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

450

Evidence not after

1300

Activity not before

450

Activity not after

1300

Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Hērakleia Pontikē

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Hērakleia Pontikē Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Use of Images

  • Public display of an image

Bibliography

Edition: The Inscriptions of Heraclea Pontica, no. 36. Reference works: Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 44, 1012.

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Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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