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Nikephoros Iasites, spatharios and taxiarches (mid eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1388
Diameter 1 mm


Bust of Mother of God, holding child Christ in her right hand. At right: ΘΥ: [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικηφόρῳ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ταξιάρχ τῷ Ἰασίτ


Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικηφόρῳ σπαθαρίῳ καὶ ταξιάρχῃ τῷ Ἰασίτῃ.

Mother of God, help Nikephoros Iasites, spatharios and taxiarches.


The seal of Nikephoros Iasites, protospatharios and strategos of Cherson (eleventh century, first half) is published in Schlumberger and Birch. The seal of a Nike(tas/phoros) Iasites, protospatharios and strategos (eleventh century, first third) depicting a bust of St. Demetrios, is in the Preslav Museum of Archaeology (no. 21656; Jordanov, Corpus 2: no. 241). Contemporary to Nikephoros is Michael Iasites, who served in a number of high military posts along the eastern frontier in the 1030s and 1040s; see PBW Michael 111 for a list of seals and bibliography. In the third quarter of the eleventh century, Leo Iasites held a number of high provincial military posts, including strategos of Boukellarion and doux of Armeniakon; see Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 40.

The surname Iasites is Armenian (Ասիտ).