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Nikephoros metropolitan of Madyta (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 727. Laurent compared the DO specimen to one in Istanbul with the same text but a different alignment of letters. A third specimen with the same alignment of letters, but from a different matrices, is published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 635.

Obverse

The Virgin standing, holding medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: Μ̅Θ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. She is flanked by two saints. Left, (no identifying inscription visible, but Zacos identifies the saint), St. Nikephoros; right, St. Euthymios accompanied by vertical inscription: |.|Υ|Θ|Υ|Μ: Ὁ ἅγιος Εὐθύμιος. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, the final three letters flanked by decoration. Border of dots.

ΘΚ̅Ε
ΟΗΘΕΙ
ΙΚΗΦΟΡ
ΤΡΟΠΟΛΙ
ΤΗΜΑΔΥ
.ΤΝ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικηφόρῳ μητροπολίτῃ Μαδύτων

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικηφόρῳ μητροπολίτῃ Μαδύτων.

Theotokos, help Nikephoros metropolitan of Madyta.

Commentary

Based on the Zacos seal, it is possible to determine that the saint standing on the right is not St. Nikephoros, as Laurent thought, but St. Euthymios. On the DO seal the identifying inscription of the saint at left is outside the field; the Zacos seal identifies this saint as St. Nikephoros.

Nikephoros, otherwise unknown, must have been one of the earliest metropolitans of Madyta. See Asdracha, Thrace orientale, 297.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 727. Laurent compared the DO specimen to one in Istanbul with the same text but a different alignment of letters. A third specimen with the same alignment of letters, but from a different matrices, is published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 635.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 727. Laurent compared the DO specimen to one in Istanbul with the same text but a different alignment of letters. A third specimen with the same alignment of letters, but from a different matrices, is published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 635.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2
Diameter 31 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/1, no. 727. Laurent compared the DO specimen to one in Istanbul with the same text but a different alignment of letters. A third specimen with the same alignment of letters, but from a different matrices, is published in Zacos, Seals II, no. 635.