You are here:Home/Resources/ Byzantine Seals/ Search the Catalogue/ (The church?) of the Theotokos Eleousa (twelfth century)

(The church?) of the Theotokos Eleousa (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with Christ on her right arm. Sigla at left, possibly an interesting variation: ̅ΧΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Χ(ριστο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines preceded by a cross. Border of dots.


ησφρα
γˋτησθ̅κ̅
τησελε
ουση.

Ἡ σφραγ(ὶς) τῆς Θ(εοτό)κου τῆς Ἐλεούση[ς]

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God with Christ on her right arm. Sigla at left, possibly an interesting variation: ̅ΧΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Χ(ριστο)ῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of four lines preceded by a cross. Border of dots.


ησφρα
γˋτησθ̅κ̅
τησελε
ουση.

Ἡ σφραγ(ὶς) τῆς Θ(εοτό)κου τῆς Ἐλεούση[ς]

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.970
Diameter 25.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5, no. 75.2; Laurent, Corpus V/2, no. 1150. A similar seal appeared in Hirsch Sale, 191 (24–28 September 1996), no. 1611 (= Zarnitz 666). Two similar specimens are published in Speck–Sode, Berlin II, no. 369. See also Wassiliou-Seibt, Siegel mit metrischen Legenden I, no. 862b.

Translation

Ἡ σφραγ(ὶς) τῆς Θ(εοτό)κου τῆς Ἐλεούσης.

The seal of the Theotokos Eleousa.

Commentary

A church of the Theotokos Eleousa was built on the orders of John II (1118–1143) at the Pantokrator monastery. See Janin, Églises, 175; and Speck–Sode, Berlin II, no. 369. Another church and monastery of this name are also known at Constantinople (Janin, Églises, 176–177). Janin, Grands centres, 380–381, lists a church of this name at Thessalonica and another, but of a later date, at Trebizond (272). See also ODB 3: 2157.