V 35. Cherson. Inscribed keystone, X-XIIth centuries C.E.
H. 17.5, W. 16.3, Th. 9.6.
Planed front bears a carving of patriarchal cross on Golgotha. Chipped all over.
Place of Origin
Balaklava district, mouth of Berman’s Gully, north slope, east of a highway 5km to Feolent; building complex of the Xth-XIIth centuries C.E.
1991, survey of V.V. Soznik and T.B. Kudryavtseva.
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 90/36504.
May 1999, August 2001, September 2002, September 2003, September 2004, September 2005, September 2006, September 2007.
In corners between the arms of the cross.
Lapidary. Pi with extended horizontal; phi with elongated vertical.
X-XIIth centuries C.E.
<div type="edition" xml:lang="grc"> <ab> <lb n="1"/><expan><abbr>Φ</abbr><ex>ῶ</ex><abbr>ς</abbr></expan> <expan><abbr>Χ</abbr><ex>ριστο</ex><abbr>ῦ</abbr></expan> <lb n="2"/><expan><abbr>φ</abbr><ex>αίνει</ex></expan> <expan><abbr>π</abbr><ex>ᾶσιν</ex></expan>. </ab> </div>
The light of Christ shines for all.
On the formula, see Introduction IV.3.C.a. The abbreviations are somewhat unusual: ΦΣ ΧΥ Φ Π instead of typical Φ Χ Φ Π.
The keystone was probably positioned at the apex of an arch in some important building, possibly a church.