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Niketas Anzas, chartoularios of the West (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2666
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1: no. 1.8; Nesbitt and Seibt, “Anzas Family,” 200–201, fig. 13a

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin holding Christ. On the left, the sigla: Μ̅Ρ : Μ(ήτη)ρ [Θ(εο)ῦ]. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. No visible border.

ΘΚΕΟ.
...ΤΣ
..ΙΚΗΤΑ
.ΑΡΤ ΤΗΣ
.ΥΣΕΣΤ
ΑΝ.

Θ(εοτό)κε βο[ήθ(ει)] τῷ σῷ δούλῳ [Ν]ικήτᾳ [χ]αρτου(λαρίῳ) τῆς [Δ]ύσεως τῷ Ἀνζ[ᾷ]

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Νικήτᾳ χαρτουλαρίῳ τῆς Δύσεως τῷ Ἀνζᾷ.

Theotokos, help your servant Niketas Anzas chartoularios of the West.

Commentary

This is undoubtedly the same Niketas Anzas who was responsible for affairs in the West and who, as magistros, judge of the Velum, and chartoularios of the genikon, signed (after December 1098 and before December 1103) the abstract of a fiscal register concerning Radolibos in the dioikesis of Boleron and Strymon (in the theme of Strymon, the region of Zabaltia); Iviron 2, no. 48. Laurent published two specimens from the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (Corpus 2, no. 350), but these belonged to a much earlier Niketas Anzas protospatharios epi tou Chrysotriklinou, judge of the Hippodrome, and grand chartoularios.

The meaning of the word “West” here is uncertain; it is possible that it referred to the whole of the West or to just some part. In essence, the meaning of the term Δύσις when used on seals is fluid. The only relatively obvious certainty is that it always refers to some territory in the Balkans.

Four seals of this type are known: two in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection (this specimen and BZS.1947.2.2103), one in Athens (no. 336; C. Stavrakos, Byzantinischen Bleisiegel mit Familiennamen, no. 15), and one in the former Zacos Collection (unpublished).

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2666
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1: no. 1.8; Nesbitt and Seibt, “Anzas Family,” 200–201, fig. 13a

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.2666
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1: no. 1.8; Nesbitt and Seibt, “Anzas Family,” 200–201, fig. 13a