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Michael VI Bringas (1056–57)

Accession number BZS.1961.21
Diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

Grierson, "Byzantine Gold Bullae," no. 4; Zacos-Veglery, no. 83.

Obverse

Half-length representation of Christ Emmanuel, bearded, wearing a tunic and himation and holding the right hand in blessing and a book in the left. He has a nimbus cruciger; each arm contains a decoration consisting of five pellets. Sigla at left and right: (ησοῦ)ς Χ(ριστό)ς. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ΕΜΜΑΝΟΥΗΛ

Ἐμμανουήλ.

Reverse

Half-length representation of the emperor Michael VI, wearing a crown with a cross and pendilia and a loros and holding a labarum in his right hand. His hair at his temples curls outwards. Circular inscription. Border of dots.

ΙΧΑΗ  ΑΤΟΡΑ

Mιχaηl autocrat[or].

Translation

Mιχaηl autocrat[or].

Michael autokrator.

Commentary

Christ's hands and the Gospel book are obscure.

This seal differs from the lead seal of Michael (BZS.1955.1.4318; see also Sokolova, Byzantine Imperial Seals, nos. 119 and 120) in two details. First, the emperor holds a labarum in his right hand rather than a globus cruciger. Second, Michael's hair at his temples curls outwards rather than inwards.

Accession number BZS.1961.21
Diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

Grierson, "Byzantine Gold Bullae," no. 4; Zacos-Veglery, no. 83.

Accession number BZS.1961.21
Diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

Grierson, "Byzantine Gold Bullae," no. 4; Zacos-Veglery, no. 83.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1961.21
Diameter 27 mm
Previous Editions

Grierson, "Byzantine Gold Bullae," no. 4; Zacos-Veglery, no. 83.

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