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Justinian II (687–95)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4266 (formerly DO 55.1.4266
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 25.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 24b.

Obverse

The Mother of God standing, wearing a chiton and maphorion, and holding Christ before her, with her left hand below his feet. A cross potent at left and right. No border visible.

Reverse

Half-length representation of Justinian II, with a short beard, wearing a crown and a chlamys, and holding a globus in his right hand. He wears his hair long at the sides and curled. A cross potent at left and right. No border visible.

Commentary

As there is no inscription, identification of this seal is based on comparison of style, iconographic details, and the imperial portrait of gold coins. It is most similar to the solidus issued by Justinian II in his first reign (for example, DOC 2.2:5c [pl. 37]; MIB 3: Prägetabelle 10, nos. 4–7). The quality of design and execution noted on his coins carries over into the careful workmanship that engravers expended on incising boulloteria.

The center shaft of the cross flanking the Mother of God at left seems to be longer in the lower portion than the one at right.

This seal is noted here as being parallel to BZS.1955.1.4265 based on the irregularities in size and placement of the crosses potent on the obverse. The quality of this seal, however, makes it impossible to state this definitively.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4266 (formerly DO 55.1.4266
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 25.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 24b.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4266 (formerly DO 55.1.4266
Diameter 28 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 25.2; Zacos–Veglery, no. 24b.

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