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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1999.60
Title
Seal of Athanasius I, Oecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
Classification
Seals
Work Type
seal
Date
1289-1309 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Late
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/195087
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Lead
Metal
Pb
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.)
unspecified: 42.05 g
Provenance
George Zacos, Istanbul, Turkey, Collector.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, David M. Robinson Fund
Accession Year
1999
Object Number
1999.60
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obverse: Virgin Platytera seated facing on a large throne with high back, holding the Christ child on her knees.
left and right of Virgin's head, text in Greek (Mother of God)
Reverse: Greek inscription (Athanasios, by the grace of God Archbishop and Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the New Rome)
Publication History

Spink Auction 127: Byzantine Seals from the Collection of of George Zacos, Part 1., auct. cat., Spink & Son Ltd. (London, England, October 7, 1998), 19, cat. 24

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 64/figs. 22a, 22b

Exhibition History

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

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