Nikephoros Melissenos (despotes: late 1080–early 1081 or April 1081–November 1104)
- Accession Number:
DO Seals 6, no. 87.2.
- 22 mm
Bust of the Virgin wearing a chiton and maphorion and holding a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla to left and right: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Remains of a circular inscription beginning at 9:30. Border of dots.
Half-length representation of Nikephoros with a mustache, beard, and shaggy hair; he wears a hat with a jeweled band shaped like an upside-down pot and is dressed in a chlamys ornamented with a large tablion. He holds a globus cruciger (?) in his right hand, and seemingly his left hand under his chlamys. Remains of a circular inscription at right. Border of dots.
[Νικηφόρ(ῳ) δ]εσπότ(ῃ) το Μ[ε(λισηνῷ)].
Θεοτόκε βοήθει Νικηφόρῳ δεσπότῃ το Μελισηνῷ.
Mother of God, help Nikephoros Melissenos, despotes.