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Nikephoros Myron (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

The Mother of God (Panagiotissa) standing full length, orans, with the medallion of Christ upon her chest. Sigla: μρ̅θυ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. On either side, the inscription: η|π|α|ν|αγι||τ|ι|σ : ἡ Παναγιώτισ(σα). Border of dots.

Reverse

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


νηκη
φορον
μυρνα
παρθεν
σκεπε

Νικηφόρον Μύρωνα, παρθέν(ε), σκέπε

Obverse

The Mother of God (Panagiotissa) standing full length, orans, with the medallion of Christ upon her chest. Sigla: μρ̅θυ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. On either side, the inscription: η|π|α|ν|αγι||τ|ι|σ : ἡ Παναγιώτισ(σα). Border of dots.

Reverse

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


νηκη
φορον
μυρνα
παρθεν
σκεπε

Νικηφόρον Μύρωνα, παρθέν(ε), σκέπε

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1066
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1483. See also PBW: Nikephoros 20120.

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

Translation

Νικηφόρον Μύρωνα, παρθένε, σκέπε.

Virgin, protect Nikephoros Myron.

Commentary

Wassiliou-Seibt expresses doubts about the use of Myron here as a family name, preferring to see it as an epithet or sobriquet.