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Herakleios and Herakleios Constantine (ca. 616–ca. 625)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.355 (formerly DO 47.2.355)
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Chipped.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 14.15.

Obverse

The Mother of God standing, holding Christ before her. Her left leg seems to be bent at the knee. A cross potent at knee level at left and right. Wreath border.

Reverse

Bust of Herakleios at left, and smaller bust of Herakleios Constantine at right. Each wears a crown with a cross and a chlamys fastened on the right shoulder with a fibula. Herakleios is shown with a beard of medium length and Herakleios Constantine is beardless. Herakleios wears his hair long at the sides and curled. A cross in the field above. A circular inscription beginning at left. Wreath border.

NNERAC......ERACONSPPAV.

D(omini) n(ostri) Herac[lius et] Hera(clius) Const(antinus) p(er)p(etui) au[g(usti)].

Translation

Domini nostri Heraclius et Heraclius Constantinus perpetui augusti.

Our lords Herakleios and Herakleios Constantine, eternal augusti.

Commentary

On the seals dated ca. 616–ca. 625, Herakleios has a longer beard and Herakleios Constantine’s bust is now somewhat larger than on earlier specimens.  Dating follows the numismatic evidence.

Seibt (Bleisiegel, 69) has employed the following criteria for classifying and dating seals, from ca. 616–ca. 625, with representations of Herakleios and Herakleios Constantine.  (1) ca. 616–ca. 625: the imperial hair style changes, as the ends now curl outward; the Virgin’s right foot supports her weight. (2) ca. 620–25: Herakleios’s beard is longer and thicker.

Another specimen features Herakleios with beard of medium length paired with a smaller, unbearded Herakleios Constantine: C. Morrisson, M. Guerra, and J.-N. Barrandon, “Premières analyses de plombs byzantins: Perspectives et impasses des recherches sur leur composition métallique,” SBS 3 (1993): 14. On this seal (Schlumberger 2686) the Mother of God wears a chiton, which widens below her waist, and is flanked by large crosses potent with elongated vertical shafts.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.355 (formerly DO 47.2.355)
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Chipped.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 14.15.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.355 (formerly DO 47.2.355)
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Chipped.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 14.15.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.355 (formerly DO 47.2.355)
Diameter 26 mm
Condition Chipped.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 14.15.

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