Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1078–1081)
- Accession Number:
DO Seals 6, no. 85.4. For a similar seal, with the same inscription identifying the emperor, see Likhachev, Molivdovuly, pl. LXXVIII, no. 1.
- 32 mm
Bust of Christ lightly bearded, wearing a chiton and himation and holding the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. He has a nimbus cruciger; each arm contains a decoration consisting of five pellets. Sigla: ισ̅ΧΣ̅ : Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.
The emperor Nikephoros III standing on a rectangular dais, wearing a crown (surmounted by a cross?) and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist and decorated with five dots. He holds a labarum in the right hand and a globus cruciger in the left. Circular inscription. Border of dots.
Νικηφόρ(ῳ) δεσπότ(ῃ) [τῷ] Βοτανιάτ[ῃ]
Νικηφόρῳ δεσπότῃ τῷ Βοτανιάτῃ.
Nikephoros Botaneiates, despotes.