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Nikephoros magistros (eleventh century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3126
Diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 615.

Obverse

The Mother of God orans, with the medallion before her. Sigla on either side: ΜΡ̅θυ̅:  Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines beginning with a cross. A decoration above. Border of dots.

  
εσπ,
νασκεπ,
νικιφορ,
μα
ρ,

Δέσπ(οι)να, σκέπ(οις) Νικιφόρ(ῳ) μαγίστρ(ῳ)

Translation

Δέσποινα, σκέποις Νικιφόρῳ μαγίστρῳ.

Sovereign lady, may you protect the magistros Nikephoros.

Commentary

Both the owner's name and title are abbreviated in the inscription. Wassiliou-Seibt chose to read them in the dative case, which keeps the accent of the last word on the second last syllable, as required by the metre, instead of in the accusative case, as would be expected of the objects of the verb σκέποις.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3126
Diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 615.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3126
Diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 615.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3126
Diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 615.

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