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Nikephoros (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of Saint George, with nimbus, holding spear in right hand, shield in left hand. At left : Γ|Ε|; at right : Ρ̣Γ : [ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Γεώργ(ιος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription four lines. Border of dots.

....
.κε̣...
τ̣ολον̣
ν̣ηκιφο
ρον

[ἁγνέ, σ]κέ[πε με], τὸ(ν) δούλον Νηκίφορον

Obverse

Bust of Saint George, with nimbus, holding spear in right hand, shield in left hand. At left : Γ|Ε|; at right : Ρ̣Γ : [ὁ ἅ(γιος)] Γεώργ(ιος). Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription four lines. Border of dots.

....
.κε̣...
τ̣ολον̣
ν̣ηκιφο
ρον

[ἁγνέ, σ]κέ[πε με], τὸ(ν) δούλον Νηκίφορον

Accession number BZS.1977.34.63
Diameter 17.0 mm
Previous Editions

This inscription should be added to the corpus of metrical seals compiled by Alexandra Wassiliou-Seibt.

Translation

ἁγνέ, σκέπε με, τὸν δούλον Νηκίφορον

Holy one, protect me, your servant Nikephoros.

Commentary

The part of the inscription that can be read with confidence indicates that we are dealing with a metrical verse. Since the blank was too small for the die, we may assume that the first line is missing here. By analogy with similar formulae, we propose that it read something like ἁγνέ, σκέπε με, forming the first hemistich of the verse.