You are here:Home/Research/ Publications/ Books/ Catalogue of Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and in the Fogg Museum of Art, Volume 6
Dumbarton Oaks Collection Series
Catalogue of Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and in the Fogg Museum of Art, Volume 6
Emperors, Patriarchs of Constantinople, Addenda
John Nesbitt

The 17,000 Byzantine lead seals at Dumbarton Oaks and the Fogg Museum of Art form the largest and most comprehensive collection of these objects in the world. These small seals are a large contribution to historical geography, the evolution of the Byzantine provincial administration, prosopography, development in the Greek language, and decorative vogues.

This volume presents the seals of emperors and patriarchs of Constantinople. Imperial seals are presented in conjunction with a representative coin of the appropriate emperor or empress to help the reader compare the iconography. Also included are select seals from patriarchs of Constantinople. More than 250 seals are illustrated and accompanied—where appropriate—by a full commentary regarding each specimen’s date, biographical information on its owner, peculiarities of orthography, and iconographic features.