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The Virgin of Chrysopolis (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2357
Diameter 25 mm
Condition Chipped at top; cracked and only partially struck on rev.; punch mark (rev.).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 78.2.


Bust of the Virgin holding the medallion of Christ before her. On either side the sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.


Inscription of six lines. Border of dots.


Σφραγὶς τῆς Θεοτόκου τῆς Χρυσοπολιτίσης


Σφραγὶς τῆς Θεοτόκου τῆς Χρυσοπολιτίσης.

Seal of the (monastery of) the Theotokos Chrysopolitissa.


This could be the seal of the monastery, called after its patron; but it could as well be the seal or talisman of an icon, struck to promote its cult (cf. N. Oikonomides, "The Holy Icon as an Asset," DOP 45 [1991] 42).