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Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1078–1081)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1683
Diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 85.11.

Obverse

Bust of Christ lightly bearded, wearing a tunic and himation and holding the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. He has a nimbus cruciger; each arm contains a decoration consisting of five pellets. Sigla at left and right: ΙΣ̅ΧΣ̅ : (ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.

Reverse

The emperor Nikephoros III standing on a round dais, wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist. He holds a labarum in the right hand and a globus cruciger in the left. The cross surmounting the globus is off-center to the right. Remains of a circular inscription visible at right. Border of dots.

..............τωοτανιατη

[Νικηφόρ() δεσπότ()] τῷ Βοτανιάτῃ.

Translation

Νικηφόρ δεσπότ τῷ Βοτανιάτῃ.

Nikephoros Botaneiates, despotes.

Commentary

The cover of the book Christ holds is decorated with a bull’s-eye in center (see also BZS.1951.31.5.1680).

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1683
Diameter 33 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 85.11.