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(The church?) of the Theotokos Eleousa (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.567
Diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 75.1; illustrated (pl. 146) in Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1150 bis (variant). See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 862a.


Bust of the Mother of God orans with a medallion of Christ before her. Sigla: ΜΡ̅Θ̅. : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)[ῦ]. No visible border.


Inscription of four lines preceded (and followed) by decoration. Indeterminate border.


Ἡ σφραγ(ὶς) τῖς Θ(εοτό)κου τῖς Ἐλε[ού]σης


Ἡ σφραγὶς τῖς Θεοτόκου τῖς Ἐλεούσης.

The seal of the merciful Theotokos.


A church of the Theotokos Eleousa was built on the orders of John II (1118–1143) at the Pantokrator monastery. See Janin, Églises, 175; and Speck–Sode, Berlin II, no. 369. Another church and monastery of this name are also known at Constantinople (Janin, Églises, 176–177). Janin, Grands Centres, 380–381, lists a church of this name at Thessalonica and another, but of late date, at Trebizond (272). See also ODB 3: 2157.