The CBd
Bonner, SMA, 306.

Bronze. Broad oval, 45 X 34. Remains of suspension loop at top.
Newell 51
Obv. Rider with halo piercing prostrate female figure with spear, which has a small crossbar near the point — an inaccurate representation of barbs? Lion below. The usual inscription complete, with a small angular incision at the end (space filler?).
Rev. Cross pattée, the top of the upright replaced by a crudely engraved human figure, with draped bust and nimbus round head, r. hand raised, unseen l. holding a cross potent. In lower field, alpha and omega.
Bronze. Broad oval, 43 X 27. From casts.
Obv. Rider Saint with halo galloping to r. and transfixing an indistinct figure with spear, the upper part of which is in the form of a cross. At the bottom an almond-shaped object crossed by two diagonal lines (suggestion of the evil eye blinded?).
Rev.  o κατυκ, i.e. ὁ κατoικῶv, the first two words of Psalm 91.
Bronze. Eye-shaped, with suspension loop, 43 X 20. Corroded.
Bronze ring. On bezel, the Rider Saint with spear down as if to transfix an enemy; but no figure is visible on the ground.
Bezel oval, 18 X 15; hoop, 21 mm. in inside diameter, large enough for the thumb. Thickness of hoop, 2–3 mm.
Bronze bracelet, 75 mm. in diameter. It is a narrow ribbon of metal, 6 mm. wide, broadening at not quite equal intervals into four medallions, horizontal ovals 18 to 20 mm. long, 16 mm. wide. The bracelet was fastened together with the help of a fifth oval, which fitted exactly under the first medallion and was originally wired or cemented to it, though now free.
On each side of each medallion is a narrow lanceolate object crossed by several parallel diagonal lines. Since there is no midrib, it can hardly be a leaf. It may be a stylized eye, blinded by cuts across it, thus acting as an apotropaic device against the evil eye. A similar object shaped more like an eye is to be seen on No. 319, where it is placed under the design of the Rider Saint transfixing the Evil One.
From left to right, the four medallions are engraved as follows:
A. The beginning of the common verse of protection (Psalm 91, 1), o κατoικov εv βoηθια.
B. The Virgin seated to r. with the Child on her knees; at r., a kneeling figure, perhaps one of the Magi, the other two being omitted for lack of room. All three of these figures have the nimbus.
C. Two figures with nimbus bowing or kneeling before a narrow structure between them. It has a gable crossed by diagonal lines and a finial at the apex. Within there is an indistinct, closely wrapped figure. Whether the scene represents the two holy women at the tomb of Christ or the resurrection of Lazarus is uncertain. The former scene, with the addition of the angel, appears in a Byzantine bracelet published by J. Maspero (Ann. du serv., 9, 247–249)
D. The Rider Saint in the usual scene.
Bought in Syria.
Fragments of a bronze bracelet, possibly a little smaller than the preceding, but otherwise very like it; the two may have been made in the same shop. The size of the medallions and the width of the hoop are the same as in No. 321, but the distance between the only two ovals that are still connected is less than the average in the other specimen. There are four fragments:
A. Two medallions connected by the hoop. The oval at the left was

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