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

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.532 (formerly DO 58.106.532)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 14.5

Details

Diameter:
24 mm
Weight:
10.09 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 before her. A small cross potent at shoulder level at left and right. Wreath border.

Reverse

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

Bust of Herakleios at left, and a smaller bust of Herakleios Constantine at right. Each wears a crown with a cross and a chlamys. Herakleios is shown with a beard of medium length and Herakleios Constantine is beardless. Herakleios’s hairstyle is unclear. A small cross in the field above. A circular inscription beginning at left. Wreath border.

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

D(omini) n(ostri) Herac(lius) et Hera(clius) Cons[t(antinus) p(er)p(etui) aug(usti)].

Translation

Domini nostri Heraclius et Heraclius Constantinus perpetui augusti.

Our lords Herakleios and Herakleios Constantine, eternal augusti.

Audio

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.

On this specimen it is possible to discern that the cross is attached to a circlet.  The cross flanking the Mother of God at right is set higher than the one at left.

 

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