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The monastery of (Christ) Philanthropos (twelfth century)

 
 

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans with medallion of Christ on her chest. At left and right: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)[ῦ].

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

σφραγ,
πεφυκε
μοστ
φιΛ̅Α̅Ν̅

Σφραγ(ὶς) πέφυκε μονῆς τοῦ Φιλαν(θρώπ)ου

Obverse

Bust of the Mother of God orans with medallion of Christ on her chest. At left and right: ̅ΘΥ̅ : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)[ῦ].

Reverse

Inscription of four lines. Border of dots.

σφραγ,
πεφυκε
μοστ
φιΛ̅Α̅Ν̅

Σφραγ(ὶς) πέφυκε μονῆς τοῦ Φιλαν(θρώπ)ου

Accession number BZS.1955.1.5028
Diameter 18.0 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 56.3a; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1908 (accession no. is misidentified).

Translation

Σφραγὶς πέφυκε μονῆς τοῦ Φιλανθρώπου.

This is the seal of the monastery of the Philanthropos.

Commentary

Twelve-syllable verse.

The monastery of Christ Philanthropos, situated near the Blachernae Church, was founded by the empress Irene, the wife of Alexios I Komnenos: Janin, Églises: 525–27.