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Niketas Anzas, spatharokandidatos (1035–55)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1408
Diameter 1 mm
Previous Editions

J. Nesbitt and W. Seibt, “The Anzas Family,” DOP 67 (2013): 191 (mistakenly identified as BZS.1951.31.5.1480). Parallel: I. Koltsida-Makre, Συλλογής Ορφανίδη-Νικολαΐδη, no. 216 (=PBW, boulloterion 5027, Niketas 20265).

Obverse

Bust of St. Nicholas, blessing with this right hand and holding a book in his left. Inscription in two columns: o|a|γ|ι|σο  ΝΙ|Κ|λΟ|Α, — ὁ ἅγισο Νικλόα(ος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, with the final letter between horizontal bars. Border of dots.

Κ̅Ε̅,Θ,
ΤΣΔ,
ΝΙΚΗΤ
ΣΠΘ,Κ,
ΤΝ
Ζ,

Κ(ύρι)ε β(οή)θ(ει) τῷ σῷ δ(ούλῳ) Νικήτᾳ σπαθ(αρο)κ(αν)δ(ι)δ(άτῳ) τῷ Ἀνζ(ᾷ).

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικήτᾳ σπαθαροκανδιδάτῳ τῷ Ἀνζᾷ.

Lord, help your servant Niketas Anzas, spatharokandidatos.

Commentary

Niketas is the earliest known member of the Anzas family. Two types of seals, which are distinguished by only minor differences in spelling, alignment, and decoration, belonged to him when he held the rank of spatharokandidatos, at some point between 1035 and 1055. A parallel to the present specimen is in the Orphanide-Nikolaïde Collection in Athens: I. Koltsida-Makre, Βυζαντινά μολυβδόβουλλα Συλλογής Ορφανίδη-Νικολαΐδη Νομισματικού Μουσείου Αθηνών (Athens, 1996), no. 216.

A second type belonging to Niketas is represented by two seals, one in the Shaw Collection at Dumbarton Oaks (BZS.1947.2.1008) and the other in the Orphanide-Nikolaïde Collection in Athens: Koltsida-Makre, Βυζαντινά μολυβδόβουλλα, no. 215.

A third type, dating to 1045–60, could also belong to the same Niketas. This type is represented by two seals at Dumbarton Oaks (BZS.1958.106.2522 and BZS.1958.106.3254) and possibly a third at the Hermitage (former Lichačev Collection, ex-Schlumberger Collection): G. Schlumberger, Sigillographie de l’Empire byzantin (Paris, 1884), 463, no. 4 (with facsimile); N. P. Lichačev, Istoričeskoe značenie italo-grečeskoj ikonopisi: Izobraženija Bogomateri v proizvedenijah italo-grečeskih ikonopiscev i ih vlijanie na kompozicii nekotoryh proslavlennyh russkih ikon (St. Petersburg, 1911), app. p. 21–22, no. 22, pl. VI, no. 22; V. Laurent, Le Corpus des sceaux de l’Empire byzantin, vol. 2, L’administration centrale (Paris, 1981), no. 350 (eleventh century, second half), with a photo of BZS.1958.106.3254. Although the depiction of the Virgin rather than St. Nicholas suggests that this third type could belong to a different Niketas, the predominance of the Virgin on seals after the second quarter of the eleventh century could mean that Niketas changed his seal’s patron.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1408
Diameter 1 mm
Previous Editions

J. Nesbitt and W. Seibt, “The Anzas Family,” DOP 67 (2013): 191 (mistakenly identified as BZS.1951.31.5.1480). Parallel: I. Koltsida-Makre, Συλλογής Ορφανίδη-Νικολαΐδη, no. 216 (=PBW, boulloterion 5027, Niketas 20265).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1408
Diameter 1 mm
Previous Editions

J. Nesbitt and W. Seibt, “The Anzas Family,” DOP 67 (2013): 191 (mistakenly identified as BZS.1951.31.5.1480). Parallel: I. Koltsida-Makre, Συλλογής Ορφανίδη-Νικολαΐδη, no. 216 (=PBW, boulloterion 5027, Niketas 20265).