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Seal of the monastery of St. Elias of Chryse Petra (eleventh century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Elias blessing with his right hand. No inscription visible. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Indeterminate border.

.φρα.
ισμον
αγιο.
λιου.
υσπε
τρασ

[Σ]φρα[γ]ὶς μον[ῆς τ]οῦ ἀγίο[υ Ή]λίου [τ(ῆς)] Χρυσ(ῆς) Πέτρας

Obverse

Bust of St. Elias blessing with his right hand. No inscription visible. Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of six lines. Indeterminate border.

.φρα.
ισμον
αγιο.
λιου.
υσπε
τρασ

[Σ]φρα[γ]ὶς μον[ῆς τ]οῦ ἀγίο[υ Ή]λίου [τ(ῆς)] Χρυσ(ῆς) Πέτρας

Accession number BZS.1947.2.188
Diameter 23.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 4, no. 14.1; Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1251 (incorrectly deciphered at St. Elias of Mount Penteleia).

Translation

Σφραγὶς μονῆς τοῦ ἀγίου Ήλίου τῆς Χρυσῆς Πέτρας.

Seal of the monastery of St. Elias of Chryse Petra.

Commentary

This monastery was situated in eastern Paphlagonia close to Amaseia. From the present seal we learn that it was dedicated to St. Elias. See Janin, Grands centres, 116, 442; Bryer-Winfield 95, note 44; Paphlagonien, 184-185; Eleonora Kountoura-Galake, “The Location of the Monastery of Chryse Petra,” Σύμμεικτα 13 (1999) 69-75.