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30 November 2021 14:00 CET
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 306
BYZANTINE SEALS. Manuel Synadenos, spatharokandidatos and strategos, 11th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 26 mm, 9.15 g, 11 h). (OA) Γ/E-O/P/Γ Nimbate, draped and cuirassed bust of St. George facing, holding, with his right hand, a spear over his right shoulder and, with his left, a plain round shield. Rev. +KE BΘ/ TΩ CΩ Δ' ΜΑ/NOYHΛ CΠAΘ/KANΔΔ' S CTP/THΓ,T, CYN/AΔ in six lines within simple dotted border. Possibly unpublished. Hannick & Schmalzbauer, Synadenoi -. Very probably the same Synadenos as named on the seal in Dumbarton Oaks, BZS.1947.2.1291: the boulloterion of which was certainly created by the same artist. With a very elaborate and artistic depiction of St. George, product of an imperial workshop. Flan fault on obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 307
BYZANTINE SEALS. Anonymous, Circa 12th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 25 mm, 7.89 g, 12 h). H/ CTA/Y -PΩ/CIC The Staurosis = the Crucifixion: at the center, Christ crucified with at the foot of the cross, the Virgin Mary standing on the left and St. John standing on the right; over the arms of the cross and flanking the head of Christ, two angels. Rev. H ANA/CTA-CIC The Anastasis = the Resurrection: at the center, Christ, nimbate and holding patriarchal cross in his left hand, striding over the broken gates of Hell and, with his right hand, drawing up Adam, kneeling on the left and a draped figure of Eve; on the right, two figures standing facing. DO-. Cotsonis, Narrative Scenes on Byzantine Lead Seals, Gesta 48.1 (2009), p. 70, n. 12 = Sandrovskaja, Sfragistika 780 = Hermitage Μ/4719. Jordanov, Corpus III 2451 = Shumen 175. Zacos -. An impressive and extremely rare iconographic seal, featuring two of the most important moments in Christianity. In addition, as types scenes of the Crucifixion are extremely rare on byzantine seals. Some surface roughness and marks, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 308
BYZANTINE SEALS. Theodoros, after 1204-14th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 28 mm, 30.10 g, 12 h). O A/ΓI/OC - ΘE/O/ΔΩ/POC Saint Theodore, nimbate and in military dress, standing facing, holding small cross which he places on his chest with his right hand, and sword within sheath in his left. Rev. +ΘEOCΔO/TON KYPOC CE / TΩN NYN ΠPAKTEΩN/AΘΛHTA ΘEOΔO/POC OIC ΓPAΦEI/ KPINEI metrical invocation to St. Theodore in six lines. Zacos II 786 (from the same boulloterion). A rare metric seal; complete and with an unusual depiction of St. Theodore. Contemporary bang on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
An unpublished seal of John III Vatatzes
Lot 309
BYZANTINE SEALS, Imperial. John III Ducas (Vatatzes), emperor of Nicaea, 1222-1254. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 31 mm, 45.94 g, 12 h). IC - XC Christ standing facing on square dais, nimbate, raising his right hand in benediction and holding a Book of Gospels in his left. Rev. Iω/ ΔEC/ΠO/TH/S - O/ ΔOY/ΚΑ/C John III standing facing, wearing loros, holding a scepter surmounted by a patriarchal cross with his right hand and an akakia with his left. Zacos I, 118b var (holding a globus cruciger rather than an akakia). A very rare type, not in Zacos, Dunbarton Oaks or Istanbul. Uncleaned and with an earthen patina as found. Some slight roughness, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 310
BYZANTINE SEALS. Nikolaos Paraspondylos, Circa 14th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 38.5 mm, 30.99 g, 12 h). O A/ΓI/OC - NI/KO/ΛA/OC Nimbate figure of Saint Nikolaos of Myra standing facing, wearing ecclesiastical robes, raising his right hand in benediction and holding Book of Gospels with his left. Rev. + ΦYΛAΞ ΓE/NOY NIKOΛAE / NIKOΛAΩ CΩ / OIKETH ΠAPA/CΠONΔYΛΩ / ΤΩ ΓENEI = St. Nikolaos please become guardian of your servant Nikolaos, of the Paraspondylos family metrical invocation text in seven lines. DO-. Zacos -. This is the typical imagery used to portray St. Nikolaos; he is, of course, better known in the West as Santa Claus! An impressively large and bold seal. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF