obolos 19
8 May 2021
Webauction
Lot 1110
BYZANTINE SEALS. Antiochos, Circa 6th-7th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 28 mm, 12.82 g, 12 h). Nimbate Virgin Mary, standing facing between two crosses, holding a young Jesus Christ at her left side; all within a pellet border. Rev. Cruciform monogram of the name ANTIOXOY. Cf. DOC BZS.1947.2.1642. About very fine.
Current Bid: 50 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 1111
BYZANTINE SEALS. Georgios apo hypaton and dioiketes of the provinces. Circa 7-9th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 27 mm, 14.69 g, 11 h). +ΓEΩ/PΓIOY A/ΠΟ YΠA/TΩN in four lines within plain border. Rev. K ΔIOI•/KHTOY T/ΩN EΠAP/XIΩN in four lines within plain border. Cf. BZS.1955.1.1984 & Zacos 821b. Very fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Imperial Seal of Basil II, with Constantine VIII
Lot 1112
Basil II Bulgaroktonos, with Constantine VIII, 976-1025. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 28 mm, 20.78 g, 11 h). +ЄΜΜΑ-ΝΟYΗΛ / IC - XC Nimbate bust of Christ Pantokrator facing, holding book of Gospels in his left hand and raising his right in benediction. Rev. +bASIL C COҺSTAҺTI b Facing half-length busts of Basil II, wearing loros, and Constantine VIII, wearing chlamys, holding long patriarchal cross between them, each wearing crowns with pendilia. DO Seals 69. Zacos 76. A scarce imperial seal. Fine.
Current Bid: 75 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Imperial seal of Romanus IV Diogenes
Lot 1113
Romanus IV Diogenes, with Eudocia, Michael VII, Constantius, and Andronicus, 1068-1071. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 33 mm, 23.51 g, 11 h). PΩMAN S EYΔK B PM Christ standing facing on dais, crowning Romanus to left and Eudokia to right, each holding globus cruciger. Rev. KΩN MX ANΔ Michael VII standing facing, holding labarum and akakia; to left and right, respectively, Constantine and Andronicus standing facing, holding globus cruciger and akakia. Zacos 93c. Uncleaned deposits, otherwise, about very fine.
Current Bid: 100 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Historical seal of Maria Karsiote
Lot 1114
Maria, daughter of Kakikios Karsiotes (Gagik of Kars), ruler of Tzamandos, 1065-1069. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 32 mm, 23.68 g, 12 h). MHP-ΘY Facing bust of the Virgin Mary, orans, wearing chiton and maphorion, holding medallion with a facing bust of the infant Christ. Rev. + ΘΚΕ ΒΘ / MAPIA TH / ΘYΓATPI TOY/ KOYPOΠΛATOY / KAKIKIOY TOY/ KAPCIΩT, TH/ EK ΦYΛHC/ TOY ΔΑΥΙΔ in eight lines. Unpublished and of extreme importance. Comparable to Spink 132, 1999, lot 120 - a later bilingual seal of Maria from the Zacos Collection, dated between 1069-1071. A historically fascinating piece! Rough area on the obverse, otherwise, very fine.
Current Bid: 700 CHF
Starting Price: 200 CHF
Lot 1115
BYZANTINE SEALS. Marianos, anthypatos, patrikios and strategos, Circa 10th century AD. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 25 mm, 8.51 g, 12 h). +KE BOHΘEI TΩ CΩ ΔOYΛΩ Peackock with spread tail, standing facing, turning its head to left. Rev. +MAPIA/N' ANΘYΠ' Π/ATPIK' S CT/PAT'[../.] in five lines. Although a seal of a high-rank officer, no information has survived for the owner of this seal. Edge split, otherwise, very fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Rare Arab-Byzantine seal
Lot 1116
BYZANTINE SEALS. Abdullah, circa 10th-11th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 25 mm, 10.24 g, 12 h). Θ/ NIKOΛ Bust of St. Nicholas holding Book of Gospels. Rev. Abdullah and Khalid [...] death" in arabic" in four lines. BZS.1958.106.5364 (same boulloterion). Very rare and interesting Arab-Byzantine seal. Very fine.
Current Bid: 100 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Lot 1117
BYZANTINE SEALS. Theodoros, imperial ostiarios, Circa 10th-11th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 23 mm, 12.57 g, 12 h). Facing bust of the Theotokos, raising right hand in benediction. Rev. ΘKE BΘ/ ΘEOΔΩ/PO B OCT/APHON/[..] in five lines. Uncleaned deposits mainly on the reverse, otherwise, very fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 1118
BYZANTINE SEALS. Anonymous, Circa 11th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 15.5 mm, 3.20 g, 12 h). MP-ΘY Nimbate facing bust of the Virgin Mary, orans, with small medallion of young Jesus Christ over her breast. Rev. O/ NI/KO - Λ/O/S Facing bust of St. Nikolaos, raising hand in benediction and holding Book of Gospels. Some uncleaned deposits, otherwise, very fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 1119
BYZANTINE SEALS. Theodoros, Patrikios, circa 11th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 25.5 mm, 7.57 g, 11 h). MHP-ΘV Facing bust of the Virgin Mary, wearing chiton and maphorion, holding medallion of the young Christ. Rev. +ΘKE BΘ/ ΘEOΔΩP,/ ΠATPK S/[../..] in five lines. Overstruck (or perhaps restruck), otherwise, nearly very fine.
Current Bid: 40 CHF
Starting Price: 35 CHF
Metropolitan Seal from Sardes
Lot 1120
BYZANTINE SEALS. Euphemius, Metropolitan of Sardes, Circa 11th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 25 mm, 9.14 g, 12 h). ✱+YΠΕΡΑΓ' ΘΕΟΤΟΚ' Β' ΤΟ CΩ ΔΛ /MP-ΘY Nimbate Virgin Mary seated on a throne with high back, holding young Jesus Christ at her left side. Rev. +ΕΥΦΗ/ΜΙΩ ΜΗΤΡΟ/ΠΟΛΙΤΗ CAP/ΔΕΩΝ in four lines, surmounted with floral motif below and above. Possibly unpublished. An important seal. Flan crack, otherwise, very fine.
Current Bid: 75 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Rare "metric" seal
Lot 1121
BYZANTINE SEALS. Georgios Skaranos, late 13th-early 14th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 34 mm, 32.20 g, 12 h). O / A/ΓI/O/C - ΓE/ΩP/ΓI/OC Nimbate Saint George, standing facing, holding spear in his right hand and resting his left hand on his shield. Rev. +/ CΦPAΓIC O / MAPTYC TΩN E/MΩN NVN ΠPAKTE/ΩN OMⲰNYMⲰN / [M]OI CKAPANⲰ / [Γ]EⲰPΓIⲰ in six lines. Laurent, Les bulles métriques dans la sigillographie byzantine, 43. Stavrakos 232. Wassiliou-Seibt, Corpus II, 2696. Zacos -. An interesting large seal, with a lovely metric legend on the reverse. As usual struck in a tight flan, otherwise, nearly very fine.
Current Bid: 110 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Imperial monastery of Panagia Theoskepastos
Lot 1122
BYZANTINE SEALS. Empire of Trebizond. Monastery of Panagia Theoskepastos, circa 14th-15th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 36 mm, 27.29 g, 12 h). H/ΘE/OC/KE - ΠA/CT/O/C Nimbate and orans Theotokos (Virgin Mary) standing facing. Rev. (OAΓ)/Λ/ΓE/(ωP)/ ΓΙ/O/C - (OAΓ)/θE/OΔ/ω/PO/C St. George, holding sword and scabbard, and St. Theodore, holding spear and shield set on ground, standing facing. Laurent, Corpus, V/1, 1295. Zacos II 790 (from the same bulloterion). Well entered and complete. Bang at 2h on the reverse field, otherwise, very fine.
Current Bid: 220 CHF
Starting Price: 200 CHF
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