V 222. Eski-Kermen. Invocation of an unknown, XI–XIIIth centuries C.E.
On the front, a zigzag ornamental band runs horizontally across the lower half. Broken at the bottom.
Place of Origin
Basilica, south apse, exterior.
1930, excavations of F.I. Schmit.
Institution and inventory
On the front.
XI–XIIIth centuries C.E.
L1. Vinogradov 2004, 123–130.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><roleName><expan><abbr>Κ</abbr><ex>ύρι</ex><abbr>ε</abbr></expan></roleName>, β<supplied reason="lost">οήθει</supplied> <supplied reason="lost">τὸν</supplied> <lb n="2"/>δοῦλό<supplied reason="lost">ν</supplied> <supplied reason="lost">σου</supplied> <supplied reason="lost">τὸν</supplied> <supplied reason="lost">δεῖνα</supplied>. </ab> </div>
Lord, help your servant...
The photograph published here is preserved at the Photo Archive, Institute for History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences (О.27.44; II–2445). The archival information about the inscription can be found at the Manuscript Archive, Institute for History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences Д. 127. Л. 168 об. (Diary of excavations at Eski-Kermen Л. 156–204; the information was kindly provided to us by S.V. Kharitonov).
This is a typical graffito on a church wall, the practice known in the Middle Ages from countless examples. The apse wall, and in particular its south side, was the favourite location for such graffiti (cf. the church in Kudrino). The formula used in this text was also extremely popular (see Introduction IV.3.E.a).