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Theodora Doukaina Palaiologina (1259-82)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1701 (formerly Fogg 1701)
Diameter 37 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 105.1.

Obverse

The Mother of God seated on a backless throne (thokos), holding Christ on her lap. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

The empress standing, wearing a high crown and a loros. She holds in the left hand a jeweled trefoil scepter. Inscription in two columns. Border of dots.

ΘΕ                            Δ
ΟΔΩ                        ΚΑΙ
ΡΑΕΥ                       ΝΑΗ
ΣΕΒΕ                       ΠΑΛΑ
ΤΗ                      ΟΛΟ
ΑΥΓ                       ΓΙ..
Α                      

Θεοδώρα εὐσεβεστάτη αὐγούστα Δούκαινα ἡ Παλα[ι]ολογί[να]

Translation

Theodora Doukaina Palaiologina, most pious augusta.

Commentary

Theodora, who was the daughter of John Doukas and the wife of Michael VIII, outlived her husband by many years. She died in 1303.

A particularly fine example of the empress’s seal is published in Seibt–Zarnitz, no. 1.3.3.

For a similar seal, see Likhachev, Molivdovuly, pl. LXXIX, no. 4.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1701 (formerly Fogg 1701)
Diameter 37 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 105.1.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1701 (formerly Fogg 1701)
Diameter 37 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 105.1.

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