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Herakleios and Herakleios Constantine (613–ca. 616)

Accession number BZS.1960.125.1728 (formerly DO 60.125.1728)
Diameter 28 mm
Condition The seal has been acid stripped.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 13.3.


The Mother of God standing, wearing a chiton and maphorion, and holding Christ before her. Her right leg seems to be bent at the knee. A large cross potent at right and left. Wreath border.


Bust of Herakleios at left, and a tiny bust of Herakleios Constantine at right. Each wears a crown and a chlamys. Herakleios has a short beard and asymmetrical sidelocks: at left the hair is curled outward and at right it is curled inward. Remains of a circular inscription at left. Wreath border.


D(omini) n(ostri) [Her]a[clius et Hera(clius) Const(antinus) p(er)p(etui) aug(usti)].


Domini nostri Heraclius et Heraclius Constantinus perpetui augusti.

Our lords Herakleios and Herakleios Constantine, eternal augusti.


The seals below bear depictions of Herakleios with a short beard and of his son Herakleios Constantine in diminutive bust. The latter was born in May of 612 to Herakleios’s first wife, Eudokia. On coins (see DOC 2.1:8j2; MIB 3: Prägetabelle 1, nos. 8–10) from the first three years after his son’s crowning Herakleios is represented with a short beard and is accompanied by a diminutive bust of Herakleios Constantine.

Seibt (Bleisiegel, 69) has employed the following criteria for classifying and dating seals, from 613–616, with representations of Herakleios and Herakleios Constantine. (1) 613–ca. 614: Herakleios Constantine (small); style of hair: inward curl. (2) 613–16: imperial representations remain the same; reverse blank. (3) 614–16: the Virgin’s right leg is bent. As possible examples of the latter he cites Zacos–Veglery, nos. 12a and c.

For a discussion of the emperor’s hair, particularly asymmetrical sidelocks, which also occur on coins, see DOC 2.1: p. 93.

The crowns seem to be simple.