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Michael VII Doukas (1071–1078)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4334
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 84.8; Zacos–Veglery, no. 95a. For a close design, see Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 25.

Obverse

Christ seated on a square-backed throne.The upper part of the throne is decorated at left and right with seven pellets. He is shown wearing a tunic and himation and blessing with the right hand and holding a book in the left hand. He has a nimbus cruciger; each arm is decorated with one pellet. Sigla at left and right: ΙΣ̅ΧΣ̅ : (ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.

Reverse

Michael VII standing on a round dais and wearing a crown surmounted by a cross and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist. He holds a labarum in the right hand and a globus cruciger in the left. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ΜΙΧΑΗΛΑΥΤ,ΚΡ,Τ,ΡΜ,ΟΔΚ,

Μιχαὴλ αὐτ(ο)κρ(ά)τ(ωρ) Ῥωμ(αίων) Δούκ(ας).

Translation

Μιχαὴλ αὐτοκράτωρ Ῥωμαίων Δούκας.

Michael Doukas, autokrator of the Romans.

Commentary

The Vienna example is not parallel. On that seal the back panel of Christ’s throne is ornamented at left and right with six pellets, whereas our specimen has seven pellets.

The ends of the cross atop Michael's globus are elongated; see also BZS.1951.31.5.1675.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4334
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 84.8; Zacos–Veglery, no. 95a. For a close design, see Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 25.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4334
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 84.8; Zacos–Veglery, no. 95a. For a close design, see Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 25.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4334
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 84.8; Zacos–Veglery, no. 95a. For a close design, see Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 25.

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