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Niketas Kastamonites (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3775
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 13 mm
Condition Chipped.

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with medallion of Christ. Sigla: Μ̅Θ̅Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription in four lines with a cross decoration above. Border of dots.


ΘΚ̅Ε,Θ,
ΝΙΚΗΤΑ
ΚΑΤΑ
ΜΟΝΙΤΗ

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικήτᾳ Κασταμονίτῃ

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικήτᾳ Κασταμονίτῃ.

Mother of God, help Niketas Kastamonites.

Commentary

One parallel to this seal, listed below, is found in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection. Two other parallels, or closely related seals, are preserved at the Hermitage (Hermitage M-10337) and in the Orghidan Collection (Orghidan 440), both mentioned in Katsaros, Iōannēs Kastamonitēs, p. 130. 

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3775
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 13 mm
Condition Chipped.
Accession number BZS.1958.106.3775
Diameter 17 mm
Field diameter 13 mm
Condition Chipped.