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

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.970
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 75.2; Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1150. A similar seal appeared in Hirsch Sale, 191 (24–28 September 1996), no. 1611 (= Zarnitz 666). Two similar specimens are published in Speck–Sode, Berlin II, no. 369. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 862b.

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with Christ on her right arm. Sigla at left, possibly an interesting variation: ̅ΧΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Χ(ριστο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines preceded by a cross. Border of dots.


ησφρα
γˋτησθ̅κ̅
τησελε
ουση.

Ἡ σφραγ(ὶς) τῆς Θ(εοτό)κου τῆς Ἐλεούση[ς]

Translation

Ἡ σφραγ(ὶς) τῆς Θ(εοτό)κου τῆς Ἐλεούσης.

The seal of the Theotokos Eleousa.

Commentary

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 a later date, at Trebizond (272). See also ODB 3: 2157.

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.970
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 75.2; Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1150. A similar seal appeared in Hirsch Sale, 191 (24–28 September 1996), no. 1611 (= Zarnitz 666). Two similar specimens are published in Speck–Sode, Berlin II, no. 369. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 862b.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.970
Diameter 25 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 75.2; Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1150. A similar seal appeared in Hirsch Sale, 191 (24–28 September 1996), no. 1611 (= Zarnitz 666). Two similar specimens are published in Speck–Sode, Berlin II, no. 369. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 862b.