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Eirene (1118-1143)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.43
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 90.2; Zacos-Veglery, no. 106.

Obverse

Christ seated on a high-back throne, wearing a tunic and himation and holding the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. His feet rest on a dais, the border of which is ornamented with pellets. He has a nimbus cruciger. Sigla: ΙΣ̅ΧΣ̅ : Ἰ(ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Border of dots.

Reverse

Eirene standing on a dais, wearing a high crown and a loros ornamented with a device in the shape of a triangular shield. She holds the right hand before her and a scepter terminating in a trefoil ornament in the left. Inscription in two columns (with accent marks). Border of dots.

εἸ|ΡΉ|ΝΗ|ἩΕὐ|ΣΕΕΣΆτ,|Αὐ|Γ́|,

Εἰρήνη ἡ εὐσεβεστάτ(η) αὐγούστ(α).

Translation

Εἰρήνη ἡ εὐσεβεστάτη αὐγούστα.

Eirene, most pious augusta.

Commentary

Based on the form of the ligature of O and V, this seal and BZS.1958.106.490 must date after the 1130s, and so we may eliminate an attribution to the wife of Alexios Komnenos. Zacos and Veglery preferred an attribution to the wife of John II. One reason is that on a mosaic in Hagia Sophia this empress is shown with an inscription identical to the one on this seal.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.43
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 90.2; Zacos-Veglery, no. 106.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.43
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 90.2; Zacos-Veglery, no. 106.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.43
Diameter 30 mm
Field diameter 24 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 90.2; Zacos-Veglery, no. 106.

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