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Nikephoros Loukites, monk (?) (twelfth century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

St. Nicholas standing, holding a martyr's cross in his right hand. Columns of letters on either side: |ν|ι|κ|ολ|α|ο|σ :  ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλαος. Border of dots.

Reverse

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


σφραγι
,
ταπειν̣
λουκιτ
νικηφο
ρ..

σφραγὶ(ς) ταπεινοῦ Λουκίτου Νικηφόρ[ου]

Obverse

St. Nicholas standing, holding a martyr's cross in his right hand. Columns of letters on either side: |ν|ι|κ|ολ|α|ο|σ :  ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλαος. Border of dots.

Reverse

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


σφραγι
,
ταπειν̣
λουκιτ
νικηφο
ρ..

σφραγὶ(ς) ταπεινοῦ Λουκίτου Νικηφόρ[ου]

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3267
Diameter 23.0 mm; field: 17.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2918; also published with a very different reading in the same volume, no. 1894.

Translation

σφραγὶς ταπεινοῦ Λουκίτου Νικηφόρου.

Seal of the humble Nikephoros Loukites.

Commentary

Note the ει ligature in the word ταπεινοῦ in the second line of the reverse.

It is also very possible that the inscription should be read: σφραγὶς ταπεινοῦ δοῦλου τοῦ Νικηφόρου.