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(The monastery of) the Theotokos Peribleptos (eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.335
Diameter 23 mm
Condition Corroded (obverse). Hole at left (obverse).
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 55.1; Laurent, Corpus 5.2: no. 1176.


The Mother of God standing; she seems to be holding Christ on her left arm. Visible at right: ΘΥ̅ : [Μ(ήτη)ρ] Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.


Inscription of three lines. Wreath border.


Ἡ Θ(εοτό)κος ἡ Περίβλεπτο[ς]


Ἡ Θεοτόκος ἡ Περίβλεπτος.

The Theotokos Peribleptos.


The monastery is a foundation of Emperor Romanos III Argyros (1028–1034) and it was here that he was buried (Skylitzes, 392.10–12). The monastery was a center of resistance against the Bogomils: ODB 2:1629, and Janin, Églises, 218–22. An eleventh-century hegoumenos named Theodore is known from seals (Laurent, Corpus 5.2: nos. 1179 and 1180).