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Nicholas ek prosopou of Crete (eleventh century, second half)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.3294
Diameter 22 mm
Condition Half missing, broken along the channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 2, no. 36.3.
D. Tsougarakis, REB 48 (1990) 245, no. 4. Cf. SBS 2 (1990) 150, no. 53, and Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden II, no. 2678 (with a different reading).

Obverse

Bust of St. Titos, offering a blessing and holding a book. Vertical inscription:    : ὁ ἅ(γιος) Τ[ῖτος]. No visible border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines followed by decoration. No visible border.

ΦΡΑ
ΚΗΤ
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ΡΙΤΗΣ

Σφραγὶς Νικήτα ἐκ προσώπου τῆς Κρίτης

Translation

Σφραγὶς Νικήτα ἐκ προσώπου τῆς Κρίτης.

Seal of Niketas ek prosopou of Crete.

Commentary

The legend is in dodecasyllabic verse which explains why the article was added before Κρήτης.

Wassiliou-Seibt reconstructs the inscription as σφραγὶς Νικήτα τοῦ προέδρου τῆς Κρήτης.