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Niketas patrikios and magistros (eighth/ninth century)

 
 

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: τσ|..λ. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

.νικ
.τπ
.ρικιω
.μγισ
…

Νικήτᾳ πατρικίῳ καὶ μαγίστρῳ

Obverse

Cruciform invocative monogram (type V); in the quarters: τσ|..λ. Indeterminate border.

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Border of dots.

.νικ
.τπ
.ρικιω
.μγισ
…

Νικήτᾳ πατρικίῳ καὶ μαγίστρῳ

Accession number BZS.1947.2.690
Diameter 30.0 mm; field: 27.0 mm

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικήτᾳ πατρικίῳ καὶ μαγίστρῳ.

Theotokos, help your servant Niketas patrikios and magistros.

Commentary

In his unpublished catalogue to the Shaw Collection, Laurent suggests that this may be the seal of Niketas Xylinites (under Leo III).