Divinities Enthroned

Divinities Enthroned

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The Mother of God on a backless throne, Anna Palaiologina, issued 1341–47 (BZS.1958.106.637)
Beginning under Constantine X Doukas in the eleventh century, seals and coins increasingly depicted Christ enthroned. He holds a book in his left hand and blesses with his right hand, while the throne itself usually takes one of three shapes: backless, straight-backed, or lyre-backed. On coins, the Mother of God enthroned appears at about the same time, but her depiction on seals is limited to empresses, for example the seals of Anna Palaiologina, regent for John V in the fourteenth century.

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Christ on a backless throne, Eudokia and Michael VII, issued 1067 (BZS.1958.106.598); Christ on a lyre–backed throne, Constantine X, issued 1056–67 (BZS.1958.106.4326); Christ on a high–backed throne, Michael VII, issued 1071–1078 (BZS.1951.31.5.1674)
 

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