Nikephoros Melissenos (despotes: late 1080–early 1081 or April 1081–November 1104)
- Accession Number:
DO Seals 6, no. 87.1; Zacos–Veglery, no. 2699d.
- 26 mm
- 19 mm
Bust of the Virgin wearing a chiton and maphorion and holding a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla to left and right: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Circular inscription, beginning at 9:30. Border of dots.
Half-length representation of Nikephoros with a mustache, beard, and curly hair; he wears a hat with a jeweled band shaped like an upside-down pot and is dressed in a chlamys. He holds a globus cruciger in his right hand, with his left seemingly held under his chlamys. Circular inscription beginning at 10 o’clock. Border of dots.
Νικηφόρ(ῳ) δεσπότ(ῃ) το Με(λισηνῷ).
Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικηφόρῳ δεσπότῃ το Μελισηνῷ.
Mother of God, help Nikephoros Melissenos, despotes.