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Nikephoros (?) (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, beginning with a cross. Decoration above and below. Border of dots.


ΣΦΡ
ΓΙΣΣΦΗ,
ΠΕΦΥΚΕΝ
ΕΚΓΡΦΗ
ΜΟΝΗΣ


σφραγὶς σαφὴ(ς) πέφυκεν ἐκ γραφῆ(ς) μόνης

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a decoration above and below. Border of dots. 


ουκλη
σισευκλ,
σσυν̣
νυμοσνι
κησ


οὗ κλῆσις εὐκλ(ε)ῶς συνώνυμος νίκης

Obverse

Inscription of five lines, beginning with a cross. Decoration above and below. Border of dots.


ΣΦΡ
ΓΙΣΣΦΗ,
ΠΕΦΥΚΕΝ
ΕΚΓΡΦΗ
ΜΟΝΗΣ


σφραγὶς σαφὴ(ς) πέφυκεν ἐκ γραφῆ(ς) μόνης

Reverse

Inscription of five lines, a decoration above and below. Border of dots. 


ουκλη
σισευκλ,
σσυν̣
νυμοσνι
κησ


οὗ κλῆσις εὐκλ(ε)ῶς συνώνυμος νίκης

Accession number BZS.1955.1.3755
Diameter 16.0 mm; field: 12.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2797 (with a slightly different reading).

Translation

σφραγὶς σαφὴς πέφυκεν ἐκ γραφῆς μόνης οὗ κλῆσις εὐκλεῶς συνώνυμος νίκης.

Whose seal this is is clear from the letter alone; his name is synonymous with glorious victory.

Commentary

The circumlocution hinting at the owner's name, "synonymous with glorious victory," likely means Nikephoros ("bringer of victory") but could also be taken as Niketas ("victor"), or perhaps even Kleonikos (although this would be an extremely rare instance of the name).