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Sympatikios (eleventh century, first half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St Nicholas holding the book and offering a blessing. Inscription on either side: |Ν|ΙΚ|Ο|Λ,: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλ(αος). Illegible traces of a circular inscription visible at the upper right. 

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
ΣΥΠ
ΤΙΚΙΟΝ
ΣΟΝ̣Ο̣Υ̣Λ̣
ΣΚΕΠΟΙΣ
ΚΡ
  

Συμπατίκιον σὸν δοῦλ(ον) σκέποις, μάκαρ

Obverse

Bust of St Nicholas holding the book and offering a blessing. Inscription on either side: |Ν|ΙΚ|Ο|Λ,: ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νικόλ(αος). Illegible traces of a circular inscription visible at the upper right. 

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
ΣΥΠ
ΤΙΚΙΟΝ
ΣΟΝ̣Ο̣Υ̣Λ̣
ΣΚΕΠΟΙΣ
ΚΡ
  

Συμπατίκιον σὸν δοῦλ(ον) σκέποις, μάκαρ

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1030
Diameter 28.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2292.

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Συμπατίκιον σὸν δοῦλον σκέποις, μάκαρ.

Blessed One, may you protect your servant Sympatikios.

Commentary

It is likely that the owner was of Armenian or Georgian descent with a Hellenised name (from Smbat, Sumbat).