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Alexios I Komnenos (1081–1118)

 
 

Obverse

Faint outline of Christ seated on a high-back throne, wearing a tunic and himation and holding the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. He has a nimbus cruciger. No epigraphy or border visible.

Reverse

The emperor Alexios I is represented with the same disproportionately large head as on BZS.1955.1.4343. He is shown bearded standing on a dais, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist. He holds a labarum in the right hand and a globus cruciger in the left. Circular inscription, beginning at 7:30. Border of dots.

.αλειωδποτη.........

Ἀλεξίῳ δ(εσ)πότῃ [τῷ Κομνηνῷ].

Obverse

Faint outline of Christ seated on a high-back throne, wearing a tunic and himation and holding the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. He has a nimbus cruciger. No epigraphy or border visible.

Reverse

The emperor Alexios I is represented with the same disproportionately large head as on BZS.1955.1.4343. He is shown bearded standing on a dais, wearing a crown and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist. He holds a labarum in the right hand and a globus cruciger in the left. Circular inscription, beginning at 7:30. Border of dots.

.αλειωδποτη.........

Ἀλεξίῳ δ(εσ)πότῃ [τῷ Κομνηνῷ].

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1686
Diameter 30.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 88.26.

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

Ἀλεξίῳ δεσπότῃ τῷ Κομνηνῷ.

Alexios Komnenos, despotes.

Commentary

The blank is unusually thick. The sides and bottom have been clipped with a pair of heavy shears.