Nikephoros Doukas, sebastos, circa 1150-1175. Seal (Lead, 42 mm, 33.35 g, 1 h). MHP ΘV Nimbate Theotokos “Episkepsis”, raising both hands in prayer; medallion of Christ in front . Rev. +CΦPA/ΓIC CЄRACTOV / NIKHΦOPOV TOV / Δ[O]VKA [P]IZA[N] / ΓЄNOVC ЄX[OVN]/TOC [ЄK] RACI/ΛЄωN ('Nikephoros Doukas, sebastos, whose family grows from the root of emperors') in seven lines. Cheynet/Theodorides 75. Jordanov, Corpus II 204-206. Wassiliou-Seibt, Corpus 2845. Struck on a dramatically oversized blank, a bold and impressive seal. Minor weakness of strike and some marks, otherwise, very fine.
Wassiliou-Seibt identifies our Nikephoros as the grandson of Nikephoros Bryennios and Anna Komnene, daughter of emperor Alexios I Komnenos, and the son of John Doukas, sebastos. He appears in written sources as 'epi ton deeseon' in the year 1173 and was part of the circle of friends around archbishop Eustathios of Thessalonica, the noted Byzantine scholar and intellectual.