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Basil II and Constantine VIII (976-1025)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.579 (formerly DO 58.106.579)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 69.12.

Details

Diameter:
33 mm
Condition:
Corroded. Counterstamped?

Obverse

Basil II and Constantine VIII (976-1025)

Half-length representation of Christ wearing a tunic and himation and holding a book in the left hand. Inscription visible at left. Border of dots. Christ has a nimbus cruciger; each crossarm is decorated with two pellets.

..MA.....

[Ἐμ]μα[νουήλ].

Reverse

Basil II and Constantine VIII (976-1025)

Two figures: at left, a half-length representation of Basil II bearded, wearing a crown with a cross and pendilia and a loros; and at right a representation of Constantine VIII. He is shown half-length wearing a crown with a cross and pendilia and a chlamys. They hold between them a long patriarchal cross. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ASILCCOS.......

Basil(ios) c(e) Cons[tanti(nos) b(asilis) R(omaion)].

Translation

Basilios ce Constantinos basilis Romaion.

Basil and Constantine, basileis of the Romans.

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Commentary

On the obverse, at 9 o’clock, one distinctly sees the letter z, as on the following specimen. One wonders if the letter relates to a particular stock of lead blanks. BZS.1958.106.579 and BZS.1955.1.4310 are not, however, from the same boulloterion.

Constantine VIII is almost of equal size with Basil. Cf. Likhachev, Molivdovuly, pl. LXXVI, no. 12, for a seal on which one sees in the circular inscription on the reverse the use of the abbreviation c(e) and a depiction of Constantine as virtually the same height as Basil.

 

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