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The seal of the church of the Kyriotissa? (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.17
Diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 45.2; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1156 (no. 1157 on pl. 147). Similar specimen in Sig., 158.

Obverse

The Mother of God standing holding Christ before her. Sigla at left and right: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Inscription at left and right: ηκυ|ριτι|σα : Ἡ Κυριώτισα. Border of dots.

Reverse

An archangel standing holding a long scepter in his right hand and a globus in his left. Visible above, at left: Α|Χ : ἀ(ρ)χ(άγγελος).

Commentary

There is no way of knowing for sure if we are dealing here with a seal of the church of the Kyriotissa or a seal that reflects an owner's devotion to a particular icon. In any event, Laurent is correct that the pairing of the Mother of God with an archangel seems to reflect a specific cult.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.17
Diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 45.2; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1156 (no. 1157 on pl. 147). Similar specimen in Sig., 158.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.17
Diameter 20 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 45.2; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1156 (no. 1157 on pl. 147). Similar specimen in Sig., 158.