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The Virgin of Adrianoupolis of the monastery of the Latins (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.5055
Diameter 20 mm
Condition Breaks at both ends of the channel.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 44.12.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, 458 (see commentary below).


Bust of the Virgins orans with the medallion of Christ before her. On either side: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. No visible border.


Inscription of five lines. No visible border.


Ἡ Θεοτόκος Ἀδριανουπόλεος μονῆς τον Λατήον


Ἡ Θεοτόκος Ἀδριανουπόλεος μονῆς τον Λατήον.

The Theotokos of Adrianoupolis of the monastery of the Latins.


Another specimen of this seal, in the Seyrig collection, was published by Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1559, who then saw a photograph of the present specimen and added a note ibid., p. 458; both specimens are reproduced in the album. Laurent's proposed reading (Ἡ σφραγὶς Ἀδριανοῦ ἱερέως μονῆς τῶν Λατίνων) and date (tenth century) are wrong. Moreover, because the Seyrig piece came from Antioch, Laurent concluded that the monastery was in that city.

There are several cities called Adrianoupolis (see the commentary on DO Seals 1, no. 44.9). We attribute this seal to the metropolis of Thrace because it is near Constantinople (where the DO specimen probably originated); also because it was the better-known Adrianoupolis and more likely to have had a Latin monastery at the time when the Amalfitans still had one on Mount Athos. In fact, in the twelfth century there was a monastery of "Sancta Maria (in) Adrianopoli" (certainly the Thracian one), which was held by the Venetians, had an abbot with the Latin name Hugo, and possessed property in Raidestos: L. Lanfranchi, San Giorgio Maggiore II (Venice, 1968) 533 (October 1157); and Atti della Società Ligure di Storia Patria 28/1 (1896) 402 (before 1174).