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Exhibit of May 2021: Tombstone inscription of the ichirgou-boyla Mostich

05/2021

Epithaph
Veliki Preslav, Selishte locality, near the northern foundations of a monastery church
Middle – third quarter of 10th c.
Limestone, 1.02 х 0.55 х 0.10 m

In 1952, at the eastern end of the Selishte locality, S. Stanchev (Vaklinov) and V. Ivanova-Mavrodinova discovered a tombstone inscription of the ichirgou-boyla Mostich in a church that became known in the academic literature as an ossuary, part of the ichirgou-boyla Mostich monastery. Mostich's remains were reburied in a secondary tomb, housed in a small chapel next to the north wall of the church and marked with a stone slab with an exceptional inscription.

The slab is rectangular, without additional processing of the inscription field. The inscription is in old Bulgarian, engraved in 12 lines, preceded by a rosette.

The English translation reads: Here lies Mostich, who was a chrugouboyl under Tsar Simeon and Tsar Peter. At the age of eighty he left the chrugoubil-hood and all his property and became a monk. Thus he came to the end of his life.

The letters are 3,5 to 7.5 cm high. Churgoubil – ichurgou boyl was a superior post within the Bulgarian state, the closest counsellor of the Khan, his confidant. The inscription belongs to the Christian age. However, the year of Mostich’s death, as well as his Christian name, are omitted. The pre-Christian Bulgarian office rank has been preserved. The inscription shows the old state tradition in the transition from pagan to Christian Bulgaria.

Bibliograpy
Melamed 2001: K. Melamed. Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Selected Sculptures. Guide.
Карадимитрова 2019: К. Карадимитрова. – В: С. Горянова, Г. Грозданова (съст. и ред.), А. Аладжов, К. Бояджиев (ред.). До портите на княжеския двор. Съкровища от Велики Преслав (=Национален археологически музей Каталози, том XV). София 2019, 130, кат. № 192.
Попконстантинов 2019: К. Попконстантинов. Епиграфски паметници от Велики Преслав (893–971). – В: С. Горянова, Г. Грозданова (съст. и ред.), А. Аладжов, К. Бояджиев (ред.). До портите на княжеския двор. Съкровища от Велики Преслав (=Национален археологически музей Каталози, том XV). София 2019, 122.