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The seal of the Chortaïtes monastery (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with medallion of Christ before her. On either side: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines preceded by a crosslet. Border of dots.


ΣΦΡΑΣ

ΠΑΝΑΓΝ
ΤΗΣΜΟΣ
ΧΟΡΤΑΙ
ΤΟΥ

Σφραγὶς Πανάγνου τῆς μονῆς Χορταΐτου.

Obverse

Bust of the Virgin orans with medallion of Christ before her. On either side: ΜΡ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μήτηρ Θεοῦ. Border of dots.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines preceded by a crosslet. Border of dots.


ΣΦΡΑΣ

ΠΑΝΑΓΝ
ΤΗΣΜΟΣ
ΧΟΡΤΑΙ
ΤΟΥ

Σφραγὶς Πανάγνου τῆς μονῆς Χορταΐτου.

Accession number BZS.1955.1.5026
Diameter 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 27.1d.
Laurent, Corpus V/3, no. 1936.

Translation

Σφραγὶς Πανάγνου τῆς μονῆς Χορταΐτου.

Seal of the All-holy Chortaïtes Monastery.

Commentary

This is a correct twelve-syllable verse. Here the engraver marked the caesura with a comma and used letters of smaller size.