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

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.511 (formerly DO 58.106.511)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 14.12

Details

Diameter:
27 mm
Weight:
17.98 g
Condition:
Chipped.

Obverse

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

The Mother of God standing, wearing a chiton and maphorion, and holding Christ, who is framed by an oval mandorla, before her. Her left leg is bent at the knee. A cross potent is visible at right. Wreath border.

Reverse

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

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 shown with a beard of medium length and Herakleios Constantine is beardless. Herakleios wears his hair long at the sides and curled. One letter from a circular inscription beginning at left is visible: C. Wreath border.

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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.

In this specimen, the small ornament above Herakleios Constantine’s head seems to be a six-rayed star rather than the usual cross.

 

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