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Dear Paul,

If I understand you right, the inscription is somehting like

S^ MARI^
I
H
L
TF
XP
X(?)

IHL is frequent for I(sra)H(e)L = Israel (see L. Traube, Nomina scara, 1907, pp. 106ss.), and XP (or XPC, XPS) for XR(ICTOC) = Christus. I have nothing, however, for TF and X(?) that would help to establish a coherent phrasing.

Kind regards, O.

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On 11 August 2018 at 04:48 Paul Chandler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
A colleague is puzzling over a fragment of a fresco of the Virgin Mary and (probably) Christ. Over Mary is written horizontally S (abbrev sign over) MARI (abbrev sign over) for SANCTA MARIA, and then vertically under the S the following letters:  I H L TF (conjoined = some form of tuus filius?). Then XP, then probably X. Perhaps the S is meant to be read as part of the sequence.

Does anyone have any suggestion how to interpret these letters? -- Paul

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