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Nikephoros Doukas, sebastos and descendant of emperors (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of four lines, preceded by ornament. Border of dots.

   
ΣΦΡΓΙ
ΣΕΑΣΤΟΥ
ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡ
ΤΟΥΚΑ

Σφραγὶς σεβαστοῦ Νικηφόρου τοῦ Δούκα

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

ΡΙΖΑΝΓΕ
ΝΟΥΣΕΧΟΝ
ΤΟΣΕΚΑ
ΣΙΛΕΝ

ῥιζαν γένους ἔχοντος ἐκ βασιλέων.

Obverse

Inscription of four lines, preceded by ornament. Border of dots.

   
ΣΦΡΓΙ
ΣΕΑΣΤΟΥ
ΝΙΚΗΦΟΡ
ΤΟΥΚΑ

Σφραγὶς σεβαστοῦ Νικηφόρου τοῦ Δούκα

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

ΡΙΖΑΝΓΕ
ΝΟΥΣΕΧΟΝ
ΤΟΣΕΚΑ
ΣΙΛΕΝ

ῥιζαν γένους ἔχοντος ἐκ βασιλέων.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.507
Diameter 35.0 mm; field: 29.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2847c.

Translation

Σφραγὶς σεβαστοῦ Νικηφόρου τοῦ Δούκα ῥιζαν γένους ἔχοντος ἐκ βασιλέων.

The seal of the sebastos Nicholas Doukas who traces his descent from emperors.

Commentary

The inscription consists of two twelve-syllable verses, one on each side of the seal.

The owner of the seal is well known from literary sources. He is attested as epi ton deeseon in 1173 and counted Eustathios of Thessalonike and Constantine Manasses among his circle of friends. See Wassiliou-Seibt's comments to the entry in her catalogue.