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Niketas (metropolitan) of Seleukeia (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.114
Diameter 25 mm
Field diameter 21 mm
Condition Chipped.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 6.26; Laurent, Corpus 5.2, no. 1548.


The Mother of God standing with hands raised. Traces of the manus Dei in the upper left quarter. On the right, remains of the sigla and a vertical inscription: Θ̅Υ|ΣΟ|ΡΙ|ΤΙ|ΣΑ: [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ [ἡ Ἀγιο]σορίτισα. Border of dots.


Inscription of four lines, a cross above. Border of dots.


Θ(εοτό)κε β(οή)θ(ει) Νικίτᾳ τῶν Σελευκεία(ς).


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικίτ τῶν Σελευκείας.

Mother of God, help Niketas (metropolitan) of the people of Seleukeia.


This entry follows Laurent in assigning this seal and BZS.1958.106.30 to the metropolitanate of Seleukeia of Isauria (also called Seleukeia of Pamphylia in the Notitiae); but Seleukeia of Sidera cannot be ruled out. Neither seal specifies the office of the owner or distinguishes Seleukeia of Isauria (unlike BZS.1947.2.187), nor do they depict St. Thekla, as does the seal of the metropolitan Nikephoros, published by Cheynet (“Sceaux byzantins,” no. 68), who comments on the unmistakable affiliation.