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