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Theodora Doukaina Palaiologina (1259-82)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.1701 (formerly Fogg 1701)
Diameter 37 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 6, no. 105.1.


The Mother of God seated on a backless throne (thokos), holding Christ on her lap. Sigla: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.


The empress standing, wearing a high crown and a loros. She holds in the left hand a jeweled trefoil scepter. Inscription in two columns. Border of dots.

ΘΕ                            Δ
ΟΔΩ                        ΚΑΙ
ΡΑΕΥ                       ΝΑΗ
ΣΕΒΕ                       ΠΑΛΑ
ΤΗ                      ΟΛΟ
ΑΥΓ                       ΓΙ..

Θεοδώρα εὐσεβεστάτη αὐγούστα Δούκαινα ἡ Παλα[ι]ολογί[να]


Theodora Doukaina Palaiologina, most pious augusta.


Theodora, who was the daughter of John Doukas and the wife of Michael VIII, outlived her husband by many years. She died in 1303.

A particularly fine example of the empress’s seal is published in Seibt–Zarnitz, no. 1.3.3.

For a similar seal, see Likhachev, Molivdovuly, pl. LXXIX, no. 4.