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22 May 2022 14:00 CEST
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Seal of the Patriarch Photios
BYZANTINE SEALS. Constantinople. Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople, 858-867, 877-886. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 30 mm, 17.29 g, 12 h). ΥΠΕΡΑΓΙΑ ΘΕ / OTOKE BOH (=Most Holy Theotokos, help) The Virgin Hodegetria, nimbate and wearing a chiton and a metaphorion, the hem of which hangs down from her left arm, standing three quarters facing and holding, on her left arm with the support of her right hand, the infant Christ, with cross nimbus, chiton and himation, his right hand extended in benediction; double dotted border. Rev. + ΦΩΤΙΩ / ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙCΚΟΠ /KΩΝCTANTINΟΥ / ΠΟΛΕΩC ΝΕΑC / PΩΜΗC + (= Photios Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome) in five lines, within double dotted border. Laurent, Vatican, 152. Oinonomides, Dated Lead Seals, 54. Zacos II, 7. Very rare. An exciting and tremendously important seal belonging to the great Iconodule Patriarch of the 9th century. With an attractive brown-grey patina. Some roughness, otherwise, good very fine.
Current Bid: 700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS. Theodora, 1055-1056. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 40 mm, 50.20 g, 12 h), Constantinople. + ЄMMA-NOYHΛ / IC - XC Draped bust of Christ Pantokrator facing, wearing nimbus decorated with five pellets in each arm, holding Book of Gospels with his left hand and raising his right hand in benediction. Rev. [+ ΘЄOΔΩP' ΑΥΓOΥ]-CTΑ H ПOPΦΥΡ,ΓΕΝ,Τ Bust of Theodora Porphyrogenite facing, wearing ornate jewelled crown with pendilia and jewelled loros, holding staff surmounted by cross set on tendrils in her right hand, and raising her left hand in supplication. Seibt 19. Zacos I 82 var. (different boulloterion). Clear and with fine grey patina with light earthen deposits. Some scratches on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
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Estimate: 2000 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS. Michael VII Ducas, 1071-1078. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 38 mm, 31.96 g, 12 h), an imperial bulla, used for official documents. IC XC Christ Pantokrator, seated facing on a square-backed throne, bearded, nimbate, and wearing a tunic and himation, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of gospels in his left; border of dots. Rev. +ΜΙΧΑΗ ΑYΤΟ-ΚΡΑΤ ΡΩΜ Ο ΔΟΥΚΑC Bearded figure of Michael standing facing, wearing crown with cross and pendilia, divitision, and loros, and holding labarum in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left. DOCBS 84. Seibt I, 25. Zacos 95c-d (but from a different bulloterion). Untouched fine brown-grey surfaces. A few bangs and marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
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Estimate: 1500 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS. Michael, Choregetes of the Emperor, circa 11th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 26 mm, 11.21 g, 12 h), Imperial palace of Constantinople. MHP - ΘΥ Facing bust of the Virgin Mary, wearing chiton and maphorion and with her hands turned upward before her. Rev. -+- / ΜΙΧΑΗ' / ΧΟΡΗΓΗ/T, TOY BA/CIΛΕΟ' / -+- = Michael choregetes of the emperor in six lines within dotted circle. Apparently unpublished, and with the title of Choregetes also unattested. Fine chocolate patina, and of particularly elegant style, the work of a very capable engraver, steeped in the finest traditions of Comnenian style. Graffito on obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Current Bid: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS. Constantine Rhadenos, late 12th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 34.0 mm, 22.74 g, 12 h). MHP - ΘY Facing half length bust of the Virgin Mary, orans, wearing chiton and maphorion; in front of her, facing bust of the infant Jesus Christ. Rev. + / CΦΡΑΓΙC / ΡΑΔΗΝΟΥ / TΩΝ ΓΡΑΦΩΝ /KΩNCΤΑΝΤΙ / NOY ([I am the] seal of the writings of Radenos Constantinos) in six metric lines, within round dotted border. Konstantopoulos Athens 685a = Stavrakos 217. Extremely rare seal, known from a single example in the Numismatic Museum of Athens. Scarce depiction of Jesus Christ not in a medallion held by Virgin Mary. Good very fine.
Current Bid: 420 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS. Niketas Anzas, patrikios and dikaspolos of the theme of Boleron, circa 2nd half of the 12th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 26 mm, 18.56 g, 12 h), Didymoteichon?. MHP - ΘY Nimbate and draped half length bust of the Virgin Mary, facing slightly to right, presenting the youthful Christ on her left, nimbate, holding an akakia and rising his right hand in benediction. Rev. ΦΡΟΥΡ, / ΤΟΝ ΑΝΖΑΝ ΠPI NIKHTA / TON TOY ΘΕΜΑ/TOC BOΛΕΡ, / ΔΙΚΑCΠO/ΛΟΝ = <Mother of God>, guard Niketas Anzas, patrikios and dikaspolos of the Boleron theme in seven lines within a border of dots. Apparently unpublished and unknown, but cf. Nesbitt-Seibt, Anzas 18.13 a-c for seals of Niketas Anzas as Chartoularios of the West. A beautiful and very unusual depiction of the Virgin Mary with the young, rather than the infant, Jesus by her side. A well-made seal of great historical interest. Good very fine.
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Estimate: 750 CHF
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A Westerner Byzantine Service
BYZANTINE SEALS. John Barbantinos, sebastos, circa 12th - 13th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 31 mm, 16.58 g, 12 h). O /Γ/I/O/S - Θ/E/O/Δ/Ω/P Nimbate and bearded bust of St. Theodore facing, holding a spear over his right shoulder with his right hand and holding a shield with his left. Rev. + IΩ / CEBACTÒC / BΑPBAN/THNÒC in four lines within a plain dotted border. Apparently unpublished. A rare seal. The Barbantenoi family is not documented in sigillography. Their name implies a western origin: there is an area known as Barbantes in Galicia, northern Spain, and it would be interesting if there were a connection. Very fine.
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Estimate: 500 CHF
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A scarce seal with an Old Testament theme
BYZANTINE SEALS. Daniel Liberos, sebastos, circa 13th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 38 mm, 46.35 g, 12 h), a seal possibly of a member of the imperial court. O/ΠP/OΦI/TH/C - Δ/A/NI/HΛ The Prophet Daniel standing facing, nimbate and raising both hands in prayer; to left and right, lion. Rev. + / [K]PITHC ΔA/[NI]HΛ KAI ΓP/[A]ΦωN NYN Π/[POC]TATHC TEΛEI/[CE]BACTOY ΛIBEPOY/ΠPAΞEIC KPI/NΩN (most Ns retrograde and with a number of ligatures in the legend) = Oh, Judge Daniel, now guardian even of writings, give judgment and execute the deeds of the revered Liberos in eight lines, within simple dotted border. DO BZS.1951.31.5.2. Laurent, Orghidan 312. Laurent, Vatican 130. Wassiliou-Seibt, Corpus I, 1150. Pressed from the same bulloterion as the piece once in the Hecht collection, Triton XI, 2008, 1212. A very attractive, sharply "struck" example, nicely toned. Ancient flan fault on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
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Estimate: 2000 CHF
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An Armenian princess becomes Augusta..
BYZANTINE SEALS. Maria Doukaina Palaiologina, empress, 1294-1320. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 41 mm, 31.86 g, 12 h), in use during the reign of her husband, Michael IX Palaiologos, Constantinople. ΜΗΡ ΘΥ The Virgin Platytera or Theotokos, nimbate, wearing maphorion and holding with both her hands the facing and nimbate Christ child on her lap, seated facing on elaborate thokos. Rev. +/MAPI/A EYC/EBECT/ATH A/YΓOY/CTA - ΔOY/KAIN/A H ΠA/ΛAIO/ΛOΓH/NA The empress, standing facing, wearing ornate jewelled crown with pendilia and jewelled loros, and holding a jewelled scepter with her right hand. Zacos 126a (same boulloterion). An extremely rare late imperial seal. Flan faults on the reverse, and minor scuffs and marks, otherwise, very fine.
Current Bid: 800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS, Ecumenical patriarchs of Constantinople. Jeremias III, 1716-1726 or 1732-1733. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 58 mm, 160.00 g, 12 h), from a Patriarchal Sigillion. MHP-ΘΥ /ΙC XC Nimbate and draped half-length bust of the Mother of God, her right hand raised in blessing and holding the nimbate and draped infant Christ, seated within the crook of her left arm, holding the Gospels with his left hand, and stretching out his right towards his mother; in the fields to left and right, flowers and tendrils. Rev. IEPEMIAC EΛΕΩ ΘΥ/ ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙCΚΟΠΟC : ΚΩ/ΝCΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΥΠΟΛΕΩC : ΝΕΑC / ΡΩΜΗC Κ ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙ/ΚΟC ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΗC / [AΨ??] = Jeremias by the Will of God, Archbishop of Constantinople the New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch in six lines; above, branch flanked by flowers. Extremely rare. An impressive piece with a rough, brown-grey patina. Minor rough area on reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 7500 CHF
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