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Niketas (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St John the Baptist (the Precursor), with nimbus, long hair, and beard, holding hand before him without long cross. Inscription at left : |ΙΩ̅|ΟΠ̣Ρ̣|Δ̣|Ρ̣ : ὁ ἅγιος Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Πρ(ό)δρ(ομος). Circular inscription, beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΣΚΕ......Ο̣ΦΗΤΑ  

σκέ[ποις Π]ροφητά

Reverse

Bust of St Niketas, with nimbus, in non-military garb, holding cross before him. Inscription at left : |Ν|ΙΚ|Η|Τ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νική(τας). Circular inscription. Border of dots.

Ν̣.ΚΗΤ...ΩΟ.ΚΕΤ,

Ν[ι]κήτ(ᾳ) [τῷ σ]ῷ ο[ἰ]κέτ(ῃ)

Obverse

Bust of St John the Baptist (the Precursor), with nimbus, long hair, and beard, holding hand before him without long cross. Inscription at left : |ΙΩ̅|ΟΠ̣Ρ̣|Δ̣|Ρ̣ : ὁ ἅγιος Ἰω(άννης) ὁ Πρ(ό)δρ(ομος). Circular inscription, beginning with a cross. Border of dots.

ΣΚΕ......Ο̣ΦΗΤΑ  

σκέ[ποις Π]ροφητά

Reverse

Bust of St Niketas, with nimbus, in non-military garb, holding cross before him. Inscription at left : |Ν|ΙΚ|Η|Τ : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Νική(τας). Circular inscription. Border of dots.

Ν̣.ΚΗΤ...ΩΟ.ΚΕΤ,

Ν[ι]κήτ(ᾳ) [τῷ σ]ῷ ο[ἰ]κέτ(ῃ)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3516
Diameter 23.0 mm
Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

σκέποις, Προφητά, Νικήτᾳ τῷ σῷ οἰκέτῃ.

Prophet, may you protect your servant Niketas.

Commentary

The inscription appears to be metrical but contains an extra syllable.