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Germanos (late seventh/early eight century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.224

Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 1300.

Details

Diameter:
31 mm
Field:
25 mm
Weight:
23.10 g

Obverse

Germanos (late seventh/early eight century)

Bust of bishop-saint, beardless, facing, with hair arranged in rows of curls; he wears phelonion and omorphion which is ornamented with crosses. In r. hand, he hods cross before breast, while in l., holds Gospel book with row of pellets on cover. In field l. and r., cross. Wreath Border.

None.

Reverse

Germanos (late seventh/early eight century)

Cruciform Monogram. Wreath Border.

α - γ - ε - μ - ν - ο - υ

Γερμάνου

Translation

Γερμάνου

Germanos

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Commentary

Zacos points out the affinity of the obverse iconography to solidi of the second reign of Justinian II (705-711), during the artistic revival of the first decades of the eighth century. This may be an image of the bishop-saint Germanos of Capus (sixth century), or it may be an impossible to identify bishop-saint of another name. Additionally it may be a rare image of a bishop who is not a saint, as the figure has no nimbus; although rare, this is possible.

 

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