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Alexios I Komnenos (1081–1118)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.613

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 88.6. For a similar specimen, bearing the same inscription on the reverse, see Seibt, Bleisiegel, no. 27.

Details

Diameter:
30 mm
Field:
26 mm
Condition:
Cup-shaped.

Obverse

Alexios I Komnenos (1081–1118)

Christ seated on a high-back throne, wearing a chiton and himation, raising his right hand in blessing and holding a book in his left. His feet rest on a dais. He has a nimbus cruciger, each arm of which contains a decoration consisting of one pellet. Sigla at right: χσ̅ : ['Ι(ησοῦ)ς] Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.

Reverse

Alexios I Komnenos (1081–1118)

The emperor Alexios I bearded, standing on a dais, wearing a crown and loros, an end of which is draped over his left wrist and is decorated with six dots. He holds a labarum in his right hand and a globus cruciger in his left. Circular inscription, beginning at 7:30. Border of dots.

αλ..ιωδ..ποτ,τωκομνηνω

Ἀλ[εξ]ίῳ δ[εσ]πότ(ῃ) τῷ Κομνηνῷ

Translation

Ἀλεξίῳ δεσπότῃ τῷ Κομνηνῷ.

Alexios Komnenos, despotes.

Audio

Commentary

Christ is seen here in perspective. Note that one sees at right two legs of his throne. See also BZS.1951.31.5.1684.

 

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