V 36. Cherson. Demonstrative inscription, IX–Xth centuries C.E.
H. 29.0, W. 25.0, Th. 11.0.
Circular stele resting on a support with a dowel underneath. On the front is an inset circular panel with relief cross with flaring arms. The right half of the support is broken off. The edges are chipped.
Place of Origin
Square by the cathedral of St. Vladimir, southern part.
1904, spudding of a garden.
Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Institution and inventory
The State Museum of the History of Religion, 3493.
In corners between the arms of the cross.
Lapidary. Sigma and omega with pointy loops; phi with elongated vertical.
For the formula, see IV.3.C.b. With respect to the position of letters vis-a-vis the cross, a close parallel to our monument is Grégoire 1929, № 265 (Aphrodisiás in Caria).
As far as the shape of the monument is concerned, the closest analogy is V 45. Judging by the dowel at the bottom, the stele served as a finial. It is impossible to say anything more concrete about its use. The opinion of Sorochan (2005, 1053) about its funerary character finds no support.