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ID number:  BIRBI-SL0165
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Theodora Doukaina Palaiologina
Title / Object name:  Lead Seal
Object type:  Seal
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  1259-1303
Materials:  Lead
Measurements:  3.40
Provenance:  Barber acquisition. Bought 18th March 2003 at Hauck & Aufhauser 17, Munich.

Obverse: The Virgin, facing, nimbate, seated on a throne, holding the Christ child in centre. Pellet border around the Virgin. Inscription to either side of the nimbus.

Reverse: The empress standing to front, wearing a high crown with prependoulia and loros. jeweled trefoil scepter in left hand. Inscription in two columns either side of figure. Pellet border around figure and inscription.

Inscriptions / Translations:  Obverse: MP ΘV (Mother of God).

Reverse: ΘE/Oδω/PA EV/CEBE/THAT / AVΓȣ/TA Δȣ/KAI/NA H / ΠAΛA/OΛO/ΓIN… (Theodora Doukaina Palaiologina, most pious Empress).

Notes:  Struck below centre, string course aligned vertically from centre. Incredibly fine specimen.

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