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Nikephoros Moschos (?) (eleventh century, second half)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St John the Baptist holding a staff cross over his left shoulder. Indistinct traces of epigraphy on either side. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a cross above. Border of dots.

  
ΠΡΟΡ,
ΜΕΣΠ,
ΝΙΚΗΦ,Τ,
Μ̣Ο̣Σ̣

Πρόδρ(ο)με, σ(κέ)π(οις) Νικηφ(όρον) τ(ὸν) Μόσ(χον)

Obverse

Bust of St John the Baptist holding a staff cross over his left shoulder. Indistinct traces of epigraphy on either side. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines, a cross above. Border of dots.

  
ΠΡΟΡ,
ΜΕΣΠ,
ΝΙΚΗΦ,Τ,
Μ̣Ο̣Σ̣

Πρόδρ(ο)με, σ(κέ)π(οις) Νικηφ(όρον) τ(ὸν) Μόσ(χον)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3240
Diameter 20.0 mm
Previous Editions

Cf. Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 1836.

Translation

Πρόδρομε, σκέποις Νικηφόρον τὸν Μόσχον.

Forerunner, may you protect Nikephoros Moschos.

Commentary

The reading of the last two lines of the inscription is by no means certain. We have presented the name Moschos, but it is possible that the last part of the inscription should be read as Μογ[λ(ένων)], in which case the owner would be a bishop of Moglena (Edessa). See Wassiliou-Seibt's comments in the catalogue entry cited above.