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The seal of the Chortaïtes monastery (tenth/eleventh century)

Accession number BZS.1955.1.5027
Diameter 19 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 1, no. 27.1b.


Bust of the Virgin orans with medallion of Christ before her. No sigla visible. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


Σφραγὶς Πανάγνου τῆς μονῆς Χορταΐτου


Σφραγὶς Πανάγνου τῆς μονῆς Χορταΐτου.

Seal of the All-holy Chortaïtes Monastery.


This is a correct twelve-syllable verse.

Of the other specimens of this seal as published in DO 1, 27.1, the earlier group, (a) and this specimen, presents similarities in the distribution of the inscription. Similarities also exist between (c) and (d). It is remarkable that in each group we have one large and one small boulloterion, and that the blanks used for the two larger specimen, (a) and (d), seem to come from the same mold (cf. their weights) despite the time span separating them.

The monastery of the Virgin of Chortaïtes was located northeast of Thessalonica on the mountain of the same name. Laurent has shown that the monastery was in existence before the Fourth Crusade, and the seals show that it certainly existed before the eleventh century. Cf. Laurent, Corpus V/2, 164-65 and no. 1242.