V 99a. Cherson. Inscription on templon architrave, IX-Xth centuries C.E.
H. 14.0, W. 14.0, Th. 15.5.
Templon architrave, bearing relief ornament of palmettes enclosed within double circles. Broken on the left.
Place of Origin
Excavations of K.K. Kostsyushko-Valyuzhinich.
Institution and inventory
National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, 4226.
On the front.
Lapidary style. Alpha with a loop, mu with sagging cross-loop.
Uncertain (dedicatory, building or liturgical inscription).
IX-Xth centuries C.E.
The end of the inscription is preserved. Judging by its placement, on a templon architrave (that is, architrave of an altar screen, of the Middle Byzantine period), the inscription may have been building, dedicatory (cf. V 28, V 33) or liturgical in character. - ιγμα is certainly the ending of a neuter noun in the nominative or accusative case, but I have not been able to find a parallel for some such noun in Christian epigraphy.