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Eirene Doukaina (1081–1118)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4348
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Crack along channel (rev.). Seemingly double struck. Blank too small for dies.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 89.1; Zacos-Veglery, no. 103b. For a parallel specimen, see Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 28.

Obverse

Half-length representation of Christ bearded, wearing a tunic and himation. He holds the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. He has a nimbus cruciger; each arm contains a decoration consisting of one pellet. Remains of a circular inscription. Sigla visible at right: ΧΣ̅ : [Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς] Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.

....ηθει

[Κ(ύρι)ε βο]ήθει

Reverse

Half-length representation of Eirene wearing a crown with triangular ornaments and three pendilia. She wears a loros and holds a scepter in the right hand and a globus cruciger (only the cross is visible) in the left. On the Vienna specimen one can see that she has an oblong, fleshy face. Remains of a circular inscription, beginning at 7:30. Border of dots.

ειρηνηαυ..............

Εἰρήνῃ αὐ[γούστῃ τῇ Δουκαίνῃ].

Translation

Κύριε βοήθει Εἰρήνῃ αὐγούστῃ τῇ Δουκαίνῃ.

Lord help Eirene Doukaina, augusta.

Commentary

Eirene Doukaina was the eldest daughter of Andronikos Doukas. She was born in 1066, married Alexios I Komnenos in 1077, and, following Alexios’s death in 1118, became a nun. She died ca. 1133.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4348
Diameter 24 mm
Condition Crack along channel (rev.). Seemingly double struck. Blank too small for dies.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 89.1; Zacos-Veglery, no. 103b. For a parallel specimen, see Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 28.