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