You are here: Home / Publications & Online Resources / Byzantine Seals / Search the Catalogue / Leo imperial cleric and chartoularios of Saint Sophia (eleventh century)

Leo imperial cleric and chartoularios of Saint Sophia (eleventh century)

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4917

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.6.

Details

Diameter:
22 mm

Obverse

Leo imperial cleric and chartoularios of Saint Sophia (eleventh century)

Bust of the Mother of God holding medallion of Christ. Tongues of fire descending to the left and right of her head. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μ(ήτη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Leo imperial cleric and chartoularios of Saint Sophia (eleventh century)

Inscription of five lines preceded and followed by indeterminate decoration. Border of dots.

λεο.τ,
̅κληρικ,
Sχαρτλ,
τησ.γι,
σοφια


Λέο[ν]τ(ι) β(ασιλικῷ) κληρικ(ῷ) (καὶ) χαρτουλ(αρίῳ) τῆς [Ἁ]γί(ας) Σοφία(ς)

Translation

Λέοντι βασιλικῷ κληρικῷ καὶ χαρτουλαρίῳ τῆς Ἁγίας Σοφίας.

Leo imperial cleric and chartoularios of Saint Sophia.

Audio

Commentary

Concerning the artistic device of "tongues of fire," see J. Cotsonis, "The Virgin with the 'Tongues of Fire' on Byzantine Lead Seals,DOP 48 (1994): 221-27.

 

Document Actions