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Roman lead seal Hadrian?137 views
Head of Hadrian? right letters before and behind bust

2.67g

Certainly looks like Hadrian but could possibly be later 3-4th Century AD.
1 commentsJay GT408/22/19 at 18:21okidoki: very nice Jay
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Roman Imperial: Anonymous Lead Seal244 viewsObv: Hunter on horse, spearing bull
Rev: Blank
3 commentsSpongeBob04/14/17 at 20:34Mayadigger: Fantastic!
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Bardas Parsakoutenos, magistros and doux of Anatolikon. Lead seal c. AD 970-990 260 views10291|Bardas Parsakoutenos, magistros and doux of Anatolikon. Lead seal c. AD 970-990
Star with six rays ending in something resembling arrows; circular invocational legend + KE ROHΘEI TW CW ΔUΛW
+RAPΔ|MAΓICTP,|S ΔUΞ TWN| ANATOΛ’K|TWN OΠAT|O ΠAPCK’ in six lines
30mm; 16.24gram.

Before turning to the identification of the seal’s owner, there are a number of issues to be addressed about the reverse legend. Up to the fourth line, all is clear. A nominative legend listing Bardas’ dignity of magistros and his office of doux ton Anatolikon. The last line has his family name Pars(a)k(outenos). The fifth line, however, does not make sense. It might be an engraver’s error, repeating TWN of the third line and O ΠAP of the last line. This explanation, even though unelegant, has to do for now, unless an otherwise unknown office or command is meant.
The seal’s owner is probably the person named in Leon Diakonos (VII.1) as one of three brothers Parsakoutenos, who backed Bardas Phokas the younger during his rebellion of AD 970 against John I Tzimiskes. These brothers, Theodore, Bardas and Nikephoros took their name, according to Leon, “after the city of their birth, Parsakouta”, which is a village on the road between Nymphaion and Sardis in the Thrakesian theme (p. 162, n.4 of the English edition). Leon adds that the Parsakoutenoi were cousins of Bardas Phokas and that they held the rank of patrikios and adds that they ‘mustered troops with great zeal’. Skylitzes (291.13-14) adds that Theodore and Nikephoros were the sons of the patrikios Theodoulos Parsakoutenos, and were exarchs in Cappadocia (p. 162, n.3). The rebellion, however, was extinguished by the skilled general Bardas Skleros, and Bardas Phokas was temporarily imprisoned.
Leon Diakonos once again mentions Bardas Parsakoutenos in book X, chapter 7, during the revolt of Bardas Skleros. He is now called magistros, a higher rank than patrikios, which implies that his earlier allegience to a usurper had not frustrated his political career. In the late 970’s, Skleros conquered large parts of Asia and was threatening to blockade the Dardanelles, hindering merchants and grain transports to the capital. In the end, he was defeated by Bardas Phokas on 24th of March 979 and fled to Muslim territory. But before his final defeat on the battleground, according to Leon Diakonos, his fortress at Abydos was seized, his army destroyed, and fire was set to his fleet of triremes by an imperial fleet of fireships dispatched from the capital under the command of Bardas Parsakoutenos. The seal, listing Bardas’ dignity as magistros, not patrikios as attested in AD 970, might well be from this period.
1 commentsGert02/05/16 at 04:52Skyler: Love it!
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Roman imperial lead seal late 4th/early 5th century265 viewsRoman imperial lead seal late 4th/early 5th century
Three imperial busts facing, all draped and diademed. The central bust largest, the left bust smallest; above each bust, christogram; to left, DDD and to right, [NNN].
5.13g; 19x15x6mm; 5.13g

2 commentsGert05/27/15 at 17:14Gert: Strictly stylistical that can't be excluded, b...
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Roman imperial lead seal late 4th/early 5th century265 viewsRoman imperial lead seal late 4th/early 5th century
Three imperial busts facing, all draped and diademed. The central bust largest, the left bust smallest; above each bust, christogram; to left, DDD and to right, [NNN].
5.13g; 19x15x6mm; 5.13g

2 commentsGert05/20/15 at 15:47Masis: The depiction of the busts and style is more like ...
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Byzantine Empire: David, Hypatos Lead Seal (fist half of 8th Century AD)185 viewsByzantine Empire: David, Hypatos Lead Seal (fist half of 8th Century AD)

Obv: ΔAVIΔ in cruciform floral design, within wreath
Rev: VΠATW in cruciform floral design, within wreath
Size: 27mm
Wgt: 15.05g
2 commentsSpongeBob08/03/14 at 22:29brian b4: i just started collecting coins and my wife seen t...
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BCC LS14232 viewsLead Seal
Caesarea Maritima
Roman 1st - 3rd Cent CE?
Obv: Anguipede, stylized
Persian influenced snake-
legged figure, usually with
head of rooster, in Roman
military dress, carrying
flail and shield.
Rev: Blank.
16 x 13mm. 5.55gm.
1 commentsv-drome07/08/14 at 09:06Gert: I think this is a depiction of a trophy with helme...
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Basileios, diakonos, chartoularios and protekdikos. Byzantine lead seal 11th century AD268 viewsBasileios, diakonos, chartoularios and protekdikos. Byzantine lead seal 11th century AD
The Virgin Hodegetria, wearing nimbus, chiton and maphorion, pointing with her right hand to Infant Christ, who she is holding on her left arm. Christ is wearing a nimbus cruciger decorated with pearls, chiton and himation. He is holding a scroll in his left hand, his right hand resting in the fold of his mother’s maphorion below the chin. In left and right fields, MP–ΘV; Circular inscription +ΘKE ROHΘEI-[TW CW ΔOVΛW] within two concentric circles
+RACI|ΛEIW ΔIA|KON,XTU|KAI ΠPO|TEKΔI|KW in six lines
35mm, 22.26g; extremely fine but for some areas of striking weakness, and of the finest style.

As protekdikos, Basileios was the presiding cleric of the tribunal of priests of Hagia Sophia, known as the ekdikoi. As chartoularios he was assistant to the patriarch of Constantinopolis.
1 commentsGert06/26/14 at 14:55quadrans: Nice piece..
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Byzantine Empire: David, Hypatos Lead Seal (fist half of 8th Century AD)185 viewsByzantine Empire: David, Hypatos Lead Seal (fist half of 8th Century AD)

Obv: ΔAVIΔ in cruciform floral design, within wreath
Rev: VΠATW in cruciform floral design, within wreath
Size: 27mm
Wgt: 15.05g
2 commentsSpongeBob06/20/14 at 17:18Gert: An artistic variation on the usual cruciform monog...
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Rome, Lead Seal, #30, "ICOVXPICT"295 viewsRome, Lead Seal, #30, "ICOVXPICT"
"The upper register indeed shows Christ as the good shepherd. The lower register shows a married couple with their child. Can't tell their gender from this photo. A cross (or christogram?) above. The inscription probably reads ICOV XPICT - I(H)COV XPICT(OV), Jesus Christ. I'd say the date is first half 4th century." by Gert, Thank you Gert.
2 commentsquadrans06/20/14 at 17:09Gert: Should be on the cover of a book on Roman seals!
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Byzantine Empire: Justinian I (527-565) Pb Imperial Seal (Zacos–Veglery 3a, BZS.1958.106.563)178 viewsObv: Nimbate, beardless bust of Justinian I, facing forward, wearing both a helmet with diadem, trefoil ornament, and pendilia, and a chlamys. A circular inscription beginning at left. Border of dots.

D N IVSTINI ANVS PP AVG - Dominus noster Iustinianus perpetuus augustus (Our lord Justinian, eternal augustus)

Rev: Winged Victory advancing, wearing a long chiton and holding a victory wreath in each hand. A small cross visible at left and right. No epigraphy. Border of dots.
1 commentsSpongeBob06/20/14 at 17:04Gert: A great example of this type. They're common, ...
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Byzantine Lead Seal: Anonymous Iconographic Seal (ca. 10-12th Century)196 viewsObv: Bust of St. John Prodromos with cross nimbus
Rev: In a wreath, a cross with curved arms and serifs
2 commentsSpongeBob06/20/14 at 16:59Gert: An appealing seal. I'd say this seal dates muc...
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Spain - Ferdinand and Isabella - 330 grams!230 viewsFerdinand & Isabella (1469-1504)
Lead Seal ND, 91mm, 330.45g, Fine, corroded, rim dents.
An unusual item, bearing separate titles of Ferdinand and Isabella on each side; one with a portrait of the King on horseback, the other with the Queen seated facing on a Gothic throne supporting the arms of the Catholic Monarchs.
Ex-Heritage
3 commentsSosius04/01/14 at 10:42Randygeki(h2): Indeed, really neat coin!
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Byzantine Lead Seal: Anonymous Iconographic Seal (ca. 10-12th Century)196 viewsObv: Bust of St. John Prodromos with cross nimbus
Rev: In a wreath, a cross with curved arms and serifs
2 commentsSpongeBob03/12/14 at 20:41quadrans: Very nice...
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Byzantine Lead Seal: John, Archbishop of Ephesus262 viewsObv: Cruciform invocative monogram - Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ
Rev: Inscription of four lines - Ἰωάννῃ ἀρχιεπισκόπῳ Ἐφέσου

"Mother of God, help your servant John, archbishop of Ephesus"
1 commentsSpongeBob01/30/14 at 14:39Sosius: Wow, fantastic seal!
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Spain - Ferdinand and Isabella - 330 grams!230 viewsFerdinand & Isabella (1469-1504)
Lead Seal ND, 91mm, 330.45g, Fine, corroded, rim dents.
An unusual item, bearing separate titles of Ferdinand and Isabella on each side; one with a portrait of the King on horseback, the other with the Queen seated facing on a Gothic throne supporting the arms of the Catholic Monarchs.
Ex-Heritage
3 commentsSosius01/30/14 at 14:38Sosius: Thanks, Mat! I feel lucky to own it.
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Spain - Ferdinand and Isabella - 330 grams!230 viewsFerdinand & Isabella (1469-1504)
Lead Seal ND, 91mm, 330.45g, Fine, corroded, rim dents.
An unusual item, bearing separate titles of Ferdinand and Isabella on each side; one with a portrait of the King on horseback, the other with the Queen seated facing on a Gothic throne supporting the arms of the Catholic Monarchs.
Ex-Heritage
3 commentsSosius01/28/14 at 16:10Mat: Wow, very cool
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Byzantine seal invoking Ephraim the Syrian - 11th century AD224 viewsByzantine lead seal Ephraim 11th century AD
Nimbate half-length bust of Saint Ephraim, holding cross in right hand and scroll in left hand; to left:
Θ|E|V; to r.: Φ|P|E
+|EVΦPAIM|CKEΠOIC M,|TON CVNW|NVMON|ΠATEP in five lines
17mm; 4.47g; extremely fine.

This seems to be the only known Byzantine seal with the portrait of Ephraim/Ephrem the Syrian.

The reverse legend is a twelve syllable verse which translates “Father Ephraim, may you protect me, who shares your name.”
2 commentsGert01/02/14 at 20:15Zaf S: beautiful indeed
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Roman Imperial: First Tetrarchy Lead Seal - Diocletian and Maximian augusti and Galerius and Constantius caesares (Leukel N17-N23)226 viewsObv: The two augusti face to face, the two caesares face to face below, all draped and wearing radiate crowns
Rev: Blank
2 commentsSpongeBob12/28/13 at 18:30ancientone: Very cool! 4 busts!!!
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Roman Imperial: First Tetrarchy Lead Seal - Diocletian and Maximian augusti and Galerius and Constantius caesares (Leukel N17-N23)226 viewsObv: The two augusti face to face, the two caesares face to face below, all draped and wearing radiate crowns
Rev: Blank
2 commentsSpongeBob12/28/13 at 18:11Jay GT4: Good seal!
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Roman imperial seal of Maximinus I and Maximus Caesar265 viewsRoman lead seal of Maximinus I AD 235-238
Draped and laureate bust of Maximinus to r., confronted by draped, bareheaded bust of Maximus Caesar to l.; above, P and an uncertain letter to the right
17x16x4; 3.23g. Dutch private collection.


3 commentsGert12/08/13 at 19:57pannonii: Excellent!
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Roman Imperial: Anonymous Lead Seal244 viewsObv: Hunter on horse, spearing bull
Rev: Blank
3 commentsSpongeBob12/08/13 at 17:24quadrans: I agree nice example..
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Roman Imperial: Anonymous Lead Seal244 viewsObv: Hunter on horse, spearing bull
Rev: Blank
3 commentsSpongeBob12/04/13 at 15:07Jay GT4: Great piece! You should also put it in the seal ga...
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Byzantine seal invoking Ephraim the Syrian - 11th century AD224 viewsByzantine lead seal Ephraim 11th century AD
Nimbate half-length bust of Saint Ephraim, holding cross in right hand and scroll in left hand; to left:
Θ|E|V; to r.: Φ|P|E
+|EVΦPAIM|CKEΠOIC M,|TON CVNW|NVMON|ΠATEP in five lines
17mm; 4.47g; extremely fine.

This seems to be the only known Byzantine seal with the portrait of Ephraim/Ephrem the Syrian.

The reverse legend is a twelve syllable verse which translates “Father Ephraim, may you protect me, who shares your name.”
2 commentsGert10/16/13 at 17:57quadrans: Another very nice seal..
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Roman lead seal "Lamb of God" 4th century AD153 viewsRoman lead seal “Lamb of God”
4th century AD
Lamb of God to right, head facing, wearing nimbus; above head, cross; to left, dove holding branch; to right, cross or trace of inscription
Cf. a lead seal published by J. Spier in “Late antique gems”, S11, which has the lamb to left, and no nimbus and dove; 2.35g; 15mm; very fine
1 commentsGert10/16/13 at 17:56quadrans: It is very nice ..
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ARISTANETOS. ROMAN LEAD SEAL281 viewsAPICT - ANETOV
Draped bust of a slightly balding middle-aged man with sideburns

Cf. Gert Boersema stock no. 5705 (2010)=Münzzentrum 157 (2011), 552 for the same seal type with a clear legend;

18x16x10mm

10.74g; very fine

Note: The style of this portrait of a slightly balding middle-aged man with sideburns suggests a date in the early 4th century. It is the personal seal of a man called Aristanetos, as the Greek genitive legend indicates. In late Roman and early Byzantine times there are numerous personal seals that feature the portrait of the owner. Many of them are not known from other sources. These named portraits of individuals who were powerful and important in their day but are now long forgotten except for a few pieces of lead have a special kind of fascination.

From the Gert Boersema files
2 commentsJay GT406/27/13 at 17:54Sosius: Very cool. Compelling write-up too!
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Roman imperial seal of Maximinus I and Maximus Caesar265 viewsRoman lead seal of Maximinus I AD 235-238
Draped and laureate bust of Maximinus to r., confronted by draped, bareheaded bust of Maximus Caesar to l.; above, P and an uncertain letter to the right
17x16x4; 3.23g. Dutch private collection.


3 commentsGert06/23/13 at 08:57Pscipio: Very nice indeed!
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Roman imperial seal of Maximinus I and Maximus Caesar265 viewsRoman lead seal of Maximinus I AD 235-238
Draped and laureate bust of Maximinus to r., confronted by draped, bareheaded bust of Maximus Caesar to l.; above, P and an uncertain letter to the right
17x16x4; 3.23g. Dutch private collection.


3 commentsGert06/17/13 at 19:27Jay GT4: Great portraits on this one!
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ROMAN LEAD IMPERIAL SEAL – FIRST TETRARCHY, C. AD 294135 viewsThe four tetrarchs sacrificing above tripod

15x17mm; 4.68g;

conical shape; fine

Note: This scene of the four tetrarchs sacrificing is well known from argentei of the First Tetrarchy, albeit there is a turreted enclosure in the background. This seal must be dated at approximately the same time these coins were minted.

From the Gert Boersema sold files
1 commentsJay GT406/14/13 at 12:00Lucas H: Awsome!
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Roman lead seal199 viewsRoman lead seal with laureate head left above dolphin, both between two confronted laureate heads; below, an additional laureate head facing right and a second dolphin. 1 commentsmauseus06/14/13 at 04:45quadrans: Nice one .. ..
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Roman lead seal “Good Shepherd”186 viewsRoman lead seal “Good Shepherd” c. 3rd-4th century AD
Jesus Christ, as the Good Shepherd, standing left, wearing short sleeveless tunic, carrying sheep across his shoulders. Two more sheep on either side.
Cf. J. Spier “Late antique gems” S10-17, Asamer and Winter “Antike Bleiplomben”, 122, no. 4; 18x14x7mm; 4.45g; extremely fine
2 commentsGert06/11/13 at 21:13Jay GT4: This one is fantastic
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Rome, Lead Seal, #31,225 viewsRome, Lead Seal, #31,
Helmeted head right.
Mid-4th century or later???
Anonymous/anepigraphic types.
Constantinian type of the face.
weight:
diameter: 15mm,
Q-031
1 commentsquadrans06/11/13 at 17:01Augustin Caron: These lead seals are really something else! Superb...
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Rome, Lead Seal, #03, Quadriga, 232 viewsRome, Lead Seal, #03, Quadriga,
"I think it dates to the beginning of the 4th century, and it is published in the supplement of Leukel, Römische Bleiplomben aus Trierer Funden, N226-240. There, the depiction is described as 'two Victories in two bigas to right', but I think it is more probably just one quadriga with a second Victory flying above. This is quite a common seal, which might indicate that it is an imperial seal, not a personal one." by Gert. Thank you Gert.
Extremely fine.
diameter: 21mm,
weight: ,
Q-001
1 commentsquadrans06/11/13 at 16:57Augustin Caron: Great!
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Rome, Lead Seal, #30, "ICOVXPICT"295 viewsRome, Lead Seal, #30, "ICOVXPICT"
"The upper register indeed shows Christ as the good shepherd. The lower register shows a married couple with their child. Can't tell their gender from this photo. A cross (or christogram?) above. The inscription probably reads ICOV XPICT - I(H)COV XPICT(OV), Jesus Christ. I'd say the date is first half 4th century." by Gert, Thank you Gert.
2 commentsquadrans06/11/13 at 16:56Augustin Caron: Marvelous!
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ARISTANETOS. ROMAN LEAD SEAL281 viewsAPICT - ANETOV
Draped bust of a slightly balding middle-aged man with sideburns

Cf. Gert Boersema stock no. 5705 (2010)=Münzzentrum 157 (2011), 552 for the same seal type with a clear legend;

18x16x10mm

10.74g; very fine

Note: The style of this portrait of a slightly balding middle-aged man with sideburns suggests a date in the early 4th century. It is the personal seal of a man called Aristanetos, as the Greek genitive legend indicates. In late Roman and early Byzantine times there are numerous personal seals that feature the portrait of the owner. Many of them are not known from other sources. These named portraits of individuals who were powerful and important in their day but are now long forgotten except for a few pieces of lead have a special kind of fascination.

From the Gert Boersema files
2 commentsJay GT406/11/13 at 16:50Augustin Caron: Great !
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ROMAN IMPERIAL LEAD SEAL-FIRST TETRARCHY166 viewsFirst Tetrarchy, Diocletian and Maximian augusti and Galerius and Constantius caesares Roman imperial lead seal (bulla)

The two augusti face to face, the two caesares face to face below, all draped and wearing radiate crowns

16x20x6mm

6.10g; Leukel N17-N23; Conical shape, extremely fine

AD 293-305.

From the Gert Boersema files
2 commentsJay GT406/11/13 at 16:33Augustin Caron: These seals are fascinating, thank you for sharing...
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Roman Lead Imperial Seal192 viewsRoman lead imperial seal
Two confronted laureate heads (Diocletian and Maximian?)

15mmx13x6mm

2.71g

c. 3rd-4th century AD

From the Gert Boersema file
1 commentsJay GT406/10/13 at 17:30Gert: Maybe the same type as the 'Diocletian (?) and...
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ROMAN IMPERIAL LEAD SEAL-FIRST TETRARCHY166 viewsFirst Tetrarchy, Diocletian and Maximian augusti and Galerius and Constantius caesares Roman imperial lead seal (bulla)

The two augusti face to face, the two caesares face to face below, all draped and wearing radiate crowns

16x20x6mm

6.10g; Leukel N17-N23; Conical shape, extremely fine

AD 293-305.

From the Gert Boersema files
2 commentsJay GT406/10/13 at 03:12TheEmpireNeverEnded: What a wonderful seal!
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Roman lead seal '177 viewsRoman lead seal c. 3rd century
REGIONIS ELLESPONL - ACA - E; Ram standing right
18mm

The inscription reads "Regionis Hellespon(ti)acae" indicating this seal belonged to the region of the Hellespont. The ram is probably a reference to the legend of the Golden Fleece, that took place, for a part, in this region.
3 commentsGert06/09/13 at 16:52Jay GT4: Fantastic!
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Roman lead seal '177 viewsRoman lead seal c. 3rd century
REGIONIS ELLESPONL - ACA - E; Ram standing right
18mm

The inscription reads "Regionis Hellespon(ti)acae" indicating this seal belonged to the region of the Hellespont. The ram is probably a reference to the legend of the Golden Fleece, that took place, for a part, in this region.
3 commentsGert06/09/13 at 12:04Pscipio: A fantastic seal!
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Roman lead seal “Good Shepherd”186 viewsRoman lead seal “Good Shepherd” c. 3rd-4th century AD
Jesus Christ, as the Good Shepherd, standing left, wearing short sleeveless tunic, carrying sheep across his shoulders. Two more sheep on either side.
Cf. J. Spier “Late antique gems” S10-17, Asamer and Winter “Antike Bleiplomben”, 122, no. 4; 18x14x7mm; 4.45g; extremely fine
2 commentsGert06/09/13 at 08:29quadrans: Very nice Gert..
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Roman lead seal '177 viewsRoman lead seal c. 3rd century
REGIONIS ELLESPONL - ACA - E; Ram standing right
18mm

The inscription reads "Regionis Hellespon(ti)acae" indicating this seal belonged to the region of the Hellespont. The ram is probably a reference to the legend of the Golden Fleece, that took place, for a part, in this region.
3 commentsGert06/09/13 at 05:36quadrans: Very nice Gert..
   
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