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Nicholas Hagiotheodorites, protos (eleventh/twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Standing depiction of the Virgin, nimbate, turned toward a bust of Christ to her upper right. Sigla above: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Inscription: ΗΑ|ΓΙ|ΟΣΟ|ΡΙ|ΤΙ|ΣΑ: Ἡ ἁγιοσορίτισα. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Linear border.

θκ̅εθ
.σλ
.ικολτ
.γιοθεο
ριτι

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικολάῳ τῷ γιοθεοδωρίτῃ καὶ πρώτῳ

Obverse

Standing depiction of the Virgin, nimbate, turned toward a bust of Christ to her upper right. Sigla above: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Inscription: ΗΑ|ΓΙ|ΟΣΟ|ΡΙ|ΤΙ|ΣΑ: Ἡ ἁγιοσορίτισα. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in five lines. Linear border.

θκ̅εθ
.σλ
.ικολτ
.γιοθεο
ριτι

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικολάῳ τῷ γιοθεοδωρίτῃ καὶ πρώτῳ

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3048
Diameter 23.0 mm
Previous Editions

Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1431.
Cf. Konstantopoulos, no. 599a.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικολάῳ τῷ Ἁγιοθεοδωρίτῃ καὶ πρώτῳ.

Theotokos, help your servant and protos Nicholas Hagiotheodorites.

Commentary

The iconography of the Virgin Hagiosoritissa on seals is discussed by Seibt, "Die Darstellung der Theotokos," 48-50.

According to Laurent, this is likely not the same Nicholas Hagiotheodorites as the later metropolitan of Athens (BZS.1955.1.5007), but an earlier monastic ancestor of his with the same name.