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Niketas Anzas, protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou, judge of the Hippodrome, and grand chartoularios (1045–60)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3254
Diameter 1 mm
Previous Editions

J. Nesbitt and W. Seibt, “The Anzas Family,” DOP 67 (2013): 191–92.

Obverse

Half-length depiction of the Virgin carrying Christ on her right arm (Dexiokratousa). The child, unusually large, is seen in profile placing a hand on the lower part of the Virgin’s neck. Sigla at left and right: μ̣̅ρ̅Θ̅Υ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of seven lines preceded by three horizontal decorative elements, the middle one above the nomen sacrum. There is a line of decoration following the inscription, likely a pellet between two horizontal bars. Indeterminate border.

Θ̅Κ̅Ε̅,Θ,
ΝΙΚΗΤΑa
ΣΠΑΘΑΡ,ΕΠΙ
Τ,ΓΚΛΚΡΙΤ
ΤΙΠΠΟΔΡ,Μ,S
ΧΤΛΑΡ,
ΤΑΝΑ
̣

Θ(εοτό)κ[ε] β(οή)θ(ει) Νικήτᾳ (πρωτο)σπαθαρ(ίῳ) ἐπὶ τ(οῦ) Χρ(υσο)(τρι)κλ(ίνου), κριτ(ῇ) τοῦ Ἱπποδρ(ό)μ(ου) (καὶ) μ(ε)γ(άλῳ) χ(αρ)τουλαρ(ίῳ) τῷ Ἀνζᾷ.

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικήτᾳ πρωτοσπαθαρίῳ ἐπὶ τοῦ Χρυσοτρικλίνου, κριτῇ τοῦ Ἱπποδρόμου καὶ μεγάλῳ χαρτουλαρίῳ τῷ Ἀνζᾷ.

Mother of God, help Niketas Anzas, protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou, judge of the Hippodrome, and grand chartoularios.

Commentary

This type is represented by two seals at Dumbarton Oaks (this specimen and BZS.1958.106.2522) and possibly a third at the Hermitage (former Lichačev Collection, ex-Schlumberger Collection): G. Schlumberger, Sigillographie de l’Empire byzantin (Paris, 1884), 463, no. 4 (with facsimile); N. P. Lichačev, Istoričeskoe značenie italo-grečeskoj ikonopisi: Izobraženija Bogomateri v proizvedenijah italo-grečeskih ikonopiscev i ih vlijanie na kompozicii nekotoryh proslavlennyh russkih ikon (St. Petersburg, 1911), app. p. 21–22, no. 22, pl. VI, no. 22; V. Laurent, Le Corpus des sceaux de l’Empire byzantin, vol. 2, L’administration centrale (Paris, 1981), no. 350 (eleventh century, second half), with a photo of this specimen.

Although the matter is uncertain, this group may belong to the same Niketas Anzas attested by two other groups of seals, which he used as a spatharokandidatos (BZS.1947.2.1008 and Koltsida-Makre, Συλλογής Ορφανίδη-Νικολαΐδη, no. 215; and BZS.1951.31.5.1408 and Koltsida-Makre, Συλλογής Ορφανίδη-Νικολαΐδη, no. 216). Although the depiction of the Virgin rather than St. Nicholas suggests that the present type could belong to a different Niketas, the predominance of the Virgin on seals after the second quarter of the eleventh century could mean that Niketas changed his seal’s patron.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3254
Diameter 1 mm
Previous Editions

J. Nesbitt and W. Seibt, “The Anzas Family,” DOP 67 (2013): 191–92.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3254
Diameter 1 mm
Previous Editions

J. Nesbitt and W. Seibt, “The Anzas Family,” DOP 67 (2013): 191–92.