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Nicholas (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

St. Stephen standing, holding a censer in his right hand and what appears to be a book in his left. Details indistinct. Traces of epigraphy on either side: σ|τα|ο|σ : [ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Στ[έφ]α[ν]ος. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, beginning with a cross. The last line is only partially preserved. Indeterminate border.

νικ.
.αονσΖ
στεφανΕ̣
σονλατ
Ρ̣Ι̣Ν̣

Νικ[όλ]αον σῷζ[ε], Στέφανε, σὸν λάτριν

Obverse

St. Stephen standing, holding a censer in his right hand and what appears to be a book in his left. Details indistinct. Traces of epigraphy on either side: σ|τα|ο|σ : [ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Στ[έφ]α[ν]ος. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, beginning with a cross. The last line is only partially preserved. Indeterminate border.

νικ.
.αονσΖ
στεφανΕ̣
σονλατ
Ρ̣Ι̣Ν̣

Νικ[όλ]αον σῷζ[ε], Στέφανε, σὸν λάτριν

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2328
Diameter 24.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1523.

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

Translation

Νικόλαον σῷζε, Στέφανε, σὸν λάτριν.

Stephen, save your servant Nicholas.

Commentary

A twelve-syllable verse, but the caesura falls after the sixth syllable.