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Himerios Maurikas, proedros and doux (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1168
Diameter 19 mm
Condition Seal was struck partially off-flan.


Half-length depiction of a military saint. Armor or lamellar is visible on his right side. He holds a spear in his right hand and in his left a shield, which possibly bears a lily or fleur-de-lis device. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines, only four of which are visible. Decoration below. Border of dots.


. . . Ἱμερί(ῳ) [π]ροέδρ[ῳ (καὶ)] δουκὶ τ(ῷ) Μαυρικ[ᾷ]


. . . Ἱμερίῳ προέδρῳ καὶ δουκὶ τῷ Μαυρικᾷ

. . . Himerios Maurikas, proedros and doux.


The reading of the topmost visible line on the reverse is difficult. It appears that the first letter is a iota, followed by a mu, then a lunate letter (Σ or Ε). If we assume that προέδρῳ was spelled out in full, along with an abbreviation for καὶ, there is room for three letters after that: ΙΜΕΡΙΩ: Ἱμερίῳ.

The Maurix or Maurikas family has a few other known members, including Michael, but this Himerios is otherwise unattested.

Presumably, the first line of the obverse, of which only the lowest portions of the first letters remain, would have had an invocation.