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Nikephoros Kypriotes, kouboukleisios and imperial cleric (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. John Prodromos, nimbate, with details obscure. Inscriptions to l. and r.: .|ΙΩ|ΟΠΡ|Δ: Ὁ ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Πρόδρομος. Border of dots. Overstruck over inscription.

.ευ...
ιο....α
.......
α....

(Original strike) Εὐσταθ/μαθίου σφράγισμα . . .

Reverse

Inscription in six lines. Border of dots. Overstruck over bust of saint, remains of circular invocative inscription.

ΚΕΘ
ΝΙΚΗΦΟ.
ΚΚΛΕ,
ΚΛΗΡ,Τ,
ΚΥΠΡΗ
ΟΤΗ

Κύριε βοήθει Νικηφόρ κουβουκλεισίῳ καὶ βασιλικῷ κληρικῷ τ Κυπρηότῃ

Obverse

Bust of St. John Prodromos, nimbate, with details obscure. Inscriptions to l. and r.: .|ΙΩ|ΟΠΡ|Δ: Ὁ ἅγιος Ἰωάννης ὁ Πρόδρομος. Border of dots. Overstruck over inscription.

.ευ...
ιο....α
.......
α....

(Original strike) Εὐσταθ/μαθίου σφράγισμα . . .

Reverse

Inscription in six lines. Border of dots. Overstruck over bust of saint, remains of circular invocative inscription.

ΚΕΘ
ΝΙΚΗΦΟ.
ΚΚΛΕ,
ΚΛΗΡ,Τ,
ΚΥΠΡΗ
ΟΤΗ

Κύριε βοήθει Νικηφόρ κουβουκλεισίῳ καὶ βασιλικῷ κληρικῷ τ Κυπρηότῃ

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4963
Diameter 32.0 mm; field: 20.0 mm
Previous Editions

Nesbitt, "Overstruck Seals," no. 10.

Translation

(Original strike) Εὐσταθ/μαθίου σφράγισμα . . .
Κύριε βοήθει Νικηφόρῳ κουβουκλεισίῳ καὶ βασιλικῷ κληρικῷ τῷ Κυπρηότῃ.

(Original strike) Seal of Eustathios/Eumathios. . . 
Lord, help Nikephoros Kypriotes, kouboukleisios and imperial cleric.

Commentary

The inscription from the original strike present on the obverse here is likely a metrical inscription, beginning with either the name Εὐσταθίου or Εὐμαθίου (Nesbitt, "Overstruck Seals," no. 10).