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Nikephoros Ouranios (?) (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: θυ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

  
θκεοη
θινικηφο
ρ̣Οντον
ραν̣Η̣Ο̣Ν̣

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθι Νικηφόρον τὸν Οὐράνηον

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans, the medallion of Christ before her. Sigla on either side: θυ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

  
θκεοη
θινικηφο
ρ̣Οντον
ραν̣Η̣Ο̣Ν̣

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθι Νικηφόρον τὸν Οὐράνηον

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2011
Diameter 23.0 mm
Condition Overstruck.
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθι Νικηφόρον τὸν Οὐράνηον.

Mother of God, help Nikephoros Ouranios.

Commentary

The reading of the owner's family name is provisional owing to the poor state of preservation in the final lines of the reverse. There is also evidence of a previous strike, notably on the obverse on either side of the image.