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Constantine (metropolitan) of Nikomedeia (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

The hand of God in a gesture of blessing. Above: ΧΡ̅. Below: ΚΥ̅: Χ(εὶ)ρ Κ(υρίο)υ. Border of dots. 

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

+Κ̅Ν̅
ΜΕΝΙΚΟ
ΜΗΔΕΙ
ΑΣΣΚΕ
ΠΟΙΣ

Κωνσταντῖνόν με Νικομηδείας σκέποις

Obverse

The hand of God in a gesture of blessing. Above: ΧΡ̅. Below: ΚΥ̅: Χ(εὶ)ρ Κ(υρίο)υ. Border of dots. 

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

+Κ̅Ν̅
ΜΕΝΙΚΟ
ΜΗΔΕΙ
ΑΣΣΚΕ
ΠΟΙΣ

Κωνσταντῖνόν με Νικομηδείας σκέποις

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4989
Diameter 20.0 mm; field: 15.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 83.5; Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1709. Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 1188.

Translation

Κωνσταντῖνόν με Νικομηδείας σκέποις.

The hand of God. May you protect me, Constantine of Nikomedeia.

Commentary

Dodecasyllabic. Laurent has reasonably attributed this specimen to Constantine of Nikomedeia, present at a synod of 1094-1095.

Bibliography

  • Catalogue of Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and at the Fogg Museum of Art, Vol. 3: West, Northwest, and Central Asia Minor and the Orient (Open in Zotero)
  • Le Corpus des sceaux de l’empire byzantin (Open in Zotero)
  • Le livre du préfet; ou, L’édit de l’empereur Léon le Sage sur les corporations de Constantinople (Open in Zotero)
  • Die Städte Kleinasiens im 7. und 8. Jahrhundert (Open in Zotero)
  • Corpus der byzantinischen Siegel mit metrischen Legenden, Vol. 1, Siegellegenden von Alpha bis inclusive My (Open in Zotero)