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The seal of the Chortaïtes monastery (eleventh/twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.401
Diameter 18 mm
Field diameter 14 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 27.1c.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1242, edits a similar specimen, from the Museum of Istanbul.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with medallion of Christ before her. To her right: ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεο. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.

..ΡΑΣ
ΠΑΝΑΓΝ
,ΤΗΣΜΟˋ
ΧΟΡΤΑΙΤ

Σφραγὶς Πανάγνου τῆς μονῆς Χορταΐτου

Translation

Σφραγὶς Πανάγνου τῆς μονῆς Χορταΐτου.

Seal of the All-holy Chortaïtes Monastery.

Commentary

This is a correct twelve-syllable verse.

Note that the engraver added a τ-shaped sign after Πανάγνου, below the line, in order to indicate the caesura. He also used letters of smaller size than the rest, indicating the arrival of the twelfth-century fashion.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.401
Diameter 18 mm
Field diameter 14 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 27.1c.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1242, edits a similar specimen, from the Museum of Istanbul.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.401
Diameter 18 mm
Field diameter 14 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 27.1c.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1242, edits a similar specimen, from the Museum of Istanbul.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.401
Diameter 18 mm
Field diameter 14 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 27.1c.
Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1242, edits a similar specimen, from the Museum of Istanbul.