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Niketas metropolitan of Klaudioupolis (eighth/ninth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.503
Diameter 32 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 7.4.
Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 474.


Bust of the Virgin holding a medallion of Christ. At left, a cruciform monogram comprised of the letters Θ at left, Ε at right, Κ at bottom, and Τ, in ligature with Ο at top; at right, a cruciform monogram comprised of the letters Θ at left, Η at right, Β at bottom, and Ο at top: Θεοτόκε βοήθει. Circular inscription, beginning at one o'clock, between two wreath borders.


Παναγ[ία Θ]εοτόκε βοή[θει]


Inscription of four lines. Wreath border.


Νικήτᾳ [μ]ητροπολ(ίτῃ) [Κ]λαβδιοπ(όλεως) (καὶ) δούλ(ῳ) Χ(ριστο)ῦ


Παναγία Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικήτᾳ μητροπολίτῃ Κλαβδιοπόλεως καὶ δούλῳ Χριστοῦ.

All-holy Theotokos, help Niketas, metropolitan of Klaudioupolis and servant of Christ.


Laurent took the opening word of the circular inscription as Πανύ[μνητε] and dated the specimen to the second half of the ninth century. We believe that our seal dates from the period between the two iconoclasms (787-815) because it represents the Virgin between two monograms, contains the double-loop beta at the bottom of the monogram on the obverse and line three on the reverse, and displays wreath borders enclosing the obverse and reverse fields. The owner of the present seal is likely Niketas of Klaudioupolis, who attended the Seventh Ecumenical Council in 787 (Mansi, XII, 994B, 1091E; XIII, 381D).