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Very Rev. Dr. Joachim Cotsonis was invited to spend ten days, July 5-16, at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard Center for Byzantine Studies, Washington, DC, in order to contribute to the ongoing work of the Dumbarton Oaks’ online Byzantine lead-seal database. Fr. Joachim focused on a large number of religious figural iconographic seals for the project. Dumbarton Oaks possesses the largest collection of Byzantine lead seals in the world: 17,000 examples. The seals are the richest body of evidence for the iconography of saintly figures and their cult in Byzantium, and key documents for the study of both Orthodox piety and the political/social use of religious art. Fr. Joachim is one of two leading scholars in North America specializing in the area of the iconography of Byzantine lead seals.
For further information concerning the Dumbarton Oaks online seal database, please visit http://doaks.org/resources/seals
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