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Manuel I Komnenos (1143–1180)

 
 

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].

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].

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1695 (formerly Fogg 1695)
Diameter 34.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 93.5.

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.