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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1611
People
Romanos IV, Byzantine (r. 1068 - 1071)
Title
Histamenon of Romanos IV and Eudokia Makrembolitissa
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
1068-1071 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Middle
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/168615
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.38 g
Denomination
histamenon
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: KPsiN MX ANDelta
  • Reverse Inscription: +PPsiMANs EVDeltaTAIILambda (s sideways). In upper field, IC XC (overlined).
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.2, 1.5 (p. 790)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1611
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Three figures standign on separate cushions. In center, Michael VII, large, wearing modified loros with loros-waist and crown with cross and pendilia, holding in r. a labarum-headed scepter and in l., akakia. To l., similar figure of Constantius, holding gl. cr. in r. and akakia in l.; to r., Andronicus, similar, but akakia in r. and gl. cr. in l. Double border of dots.

Rev.: Three figures standing, facing. In center, Christ standing on square footstool, nimbate, wearing tunic and himation, crowning Romanus on l. and Eudocia and r. Romanus wears modified loros and crown with pendilia, holds r. hand on breast and gl. cr. in r. Eudocia wears modified loros with kite-shaped panel and crown with pinnacles and pendilia, holds gl. cr. in r. and l. hand on breast. Double border of dots.

reverse die axis 6 o'clock
Publication History

Alfred R. Bellinger, ed., Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection (Washington, D.C, 1992), vol. 3, part 2, 790, cat. 1.5

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 102/figs. 42a, 42b

Exhibition History

Byzantine Women and Their World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/25/2002 - 04/28/2003

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