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Nikephoros, (nephew of the (?)) skeuophylax (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.337
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Condition Split down the channel.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 80.

Obverse

Inscription in four lines. Border of dots.

Χ̅Ε
σκεπε
κηφο
ρον

Ὦ Χριστὲ σκέπε Νηκηφόρου

Reverse

Inscription in four lines. Border of dots.

τοντ
σκευο
φυλα
κοσ

τὸν τοῦ σκευοφύλακος

Translation

Ὦ Χριστὲ σκέπε Νικηφόρου τὸν τοῦ σκευοφύλακος.

O Christ, protect Nikephoros, (nephew of (?)) the skeuophylax.

Commentary

Laurent read the reverse of the parallel seal as σοῦ τοῦ, and thus read the seal as simply of Nikephoros the skeuophylax, but the parallel makes it clear that it is τὸν τοῦ, and thus we are dealing with a relation--likely a nephew or even a son--of the skeuophylax. He did not connect this seal, which he read correctly in his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw collection, with BZS.1958.106.78. Moreover, Laurent dates this seal to the 12th century but its parallel to the 10th/11--we have stuck here with the published date of the other seal.

This inscription is odd in that it takes the form of a metrical inscription (with the vocative and σκέπε) without actually being metrical.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.337
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Condition Split down the channel.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 80.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.337
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Condition Split down the channel.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 80.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.337
Diameter 23 mm
Field diameter 16 mm
Condition Split down the channel.
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 80.