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Nikephoros III Botaneiates (1078–1081)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1680
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 85.8.

Obverse

Bust of Christ lightly bearded, wearing a tunic 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 at left: ΙΣ̅ : (ησοῦ)ς [Χ(ριστό)ς]. Border of dots.

Reverse

The emperor Nikephoros III standing on a dais, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist and decorated with seven dots. He holds a labarum in the right hand and a globus cruciger in the left. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

νικηορδ.....τωοτανιατη

Νικηφόρ() δ[εσπότ()] τῷ Βοτανιάτῃ.

Translation

Νικηφόρ δεσπότ τῷ Βοτανιάτῃ.

Nikephoros Botaneiates, despotes.

Commentary

The book Christ holds is decorated in the center with a bull’s-eye. This same type of ornament is found on BZS.1951.31.5.1683. The emperor’s face is exceptionally large and long. The representation is on the whole quite crude.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1680
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 85.8.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1680
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 85.8.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1680
Diameter 31 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 85.8.

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