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Leo monk and higoumenos (of the monastery) of Chrysopolis (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4783
Diameter 22 mm
Field diameter 14 mm
Condition Dented on obv.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 3, no. 78.1.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1937.


Bust of the Virgin, her hands held open before her. remains of the sigla: .Θ: [Μ(ήτηρ)] Θ(εοῦ). Within a border of dots, a circular inscription.


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλ


Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.


Λέοντι μοναχ καὶ ἡγουμένῳ Χρυσοπόλεως


Θεοτόκε βοήθει τῷ σῷ δούλῳ Λέοντι μοναχῷ καὶ ἡγουμένῳ Χρυσοπόλεως.

Theotokos, help your servant Leo, monk and hegoumenos (of the monastery of) Chrysopolis.


There is a clear yet unusual abbreviation sign after Ν on line 2 (rev.). It could be a simple mistake of the engraver. Or else one should read Λέον(τι) τα[πει(νῷ)] ἡγουμ[ένῳ] etc., but this seems unlikely.

Chrysopolis (modern Üsküdar, opposite Constantinople) where a monastery of the Virgin was constructed by Philippikos, brother-in-law of the emperor Maurice, in 594. It seems that the mount of St. Elias, probably the hill above Üsküdar, was a dependency of the Chrysopolis monastery, mentioned in the sources until the late tenth century. Our seals, however, suggest that this monastic community flourished well into the eleventh century. Cf. Laurent, Corpus V/3, 241-42; Janin, Grands centres, 23-25.