You are here:Home/Resources/ Byzantine Seals/ Search the Catalogue/ Manuel I Komnenos (1143–1180)

Manuel I Komnenos (1143–1180)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1695 (formerly Fogg 1695)
Diameter 34 mm
Condition Two halves joined together in modern times.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 93.5.

Obverse

Half-length representation of a beardless Christ, wearing a tunic and himation and holding the right hand in blessing and a scroll in the left. He has a nimbus cruciger; each arm contains a decoration. Sigla visible at left and right: (ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)[ς]. Inscription in two columns: [] Ἐμμαν[ου]ή[λ]. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Manuel standing, wearing a crown with a cross and a loros, an end of which is draped over the left wrist. He holds a labarum in the right hand and an akakia in the left. Remains of a circular inscription. Border of dots.

....ηλ.εσποτ,οπ.ρφ...........

[Μαν]ουὴλ [δ]εσπότ(ης) π[ο]ρφ[υρογέννητος].

Translation

Μανουὴλ δεσπότης πορφυρογέννητος.

Manuel porphyrogennetos, despotes.

Commentary

One can clearly see that Manuel is wearing a crown surmounted by a cross, as in the case of Zacos-Veglery, no. 107c.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1695 (formerly Fogg 1695)
Diameter 34 mm
Condition Two halves joined together in modern times.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 93.5.