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George (Nikaeus) (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.1872

Previous Editions

Wassiliou-Seibt, Corpus, no. 692.
Cf. Laurent, Bulles métriques, no. 118; Schlumberger, Sigillographie, 44 n. 3.

Details

Diameter:
25 mm
Field:
18 mm
Condition:
Chipped at lower opening of the channel.

Obverse

George (Nikaeus) (eleventh/twelfth century)

Bust of the Mother of God, three quarters, raising her hands to the left, where the manus dei appears from above. Sigla to both sides: ̄θῡ: Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

George (Nikaeus) (eleventh/twelfth century)

Inscription in four lines with decorations above and below. Border of dots.

  
ειης
βοηθος
χε̄σγε
ργι
  

Εἴης βοηθὸς Χριστὲ σῷ Γεωργίῳ

Translation

Εἴης βοηθὸς Χριστὲ σῷ Γεωργίῳ.

Christ, may you be a helper to your George.

Audio

Commentary

Dodecasyllable. In his unpublished catalogue of the Shaw Collection, Laurent identifies the parallel of this (BZS.1947.2.1442) to be a seal of George Nikaeus, because of his signature epigram, peculiar to all of his seals, which hold a range of titles, including judge of the Boleron in 1093 (Iverites in Orthodoxia 5 (1930), 618), kouropalates, judge of the velum, and epi ton kriseon in 1112 (Oikonomides, Dated Seals, no. 111), and simply his name, as occurs on this seal and its parallels.

 

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