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Nikephoros Ouranos (tenth/eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

The Mother of God orans, holding the medallion of Christ before her. On either side traces of the sigla: ΜΡ - ΘΥ. Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, beginning with a cross, and the final letters flanked by dashes. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕΟ
ΗΘΕΙΤ
ΣΔΟΥΛ
ΝΙ
ΚΗΦΟΡ,
ΤΟΥΡΑ
Ν

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικηφόρ(ῳ) τῷ Οὐρανῷ.

Obverse

The Mother of God orans, holding the medallion of Christ before her. On either side traces of the sigla: ΜΡ - ΘΥ. Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines, beginning with a cross, and the final letters flanked by dashes. Border of dots.

ΘΚΕΟ
ΗΘΕΙΤ
ΣΔΟΥΛ
ΝΙ
ΚΗΦΟΡ,
ΤΟΥΡΑ
Ν

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικηφόρ(ῳ) τῷ Οὐρανῷ.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1509
Diameter 31.0 mm; field: 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

Eric McGeer, "Tradition and Reality in the Taktika of Nikephoros Ouranos," DOP 45 (1991), 140.

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

Translation

Mother of God, help your servant Nikephoros Ouranos.

Commentary

The personal seal of the well-known soldier, court official, and man of letters Nikephoros Ouranos (ca. 950-1010) who was appointed viceroy of the east by Basil II in the year 999; see BZS 1951.31.5.1576.