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Leo Stypes, patriarch of Constantinople (1134–43)

Accession Number:
BZS.1958.106.313 (formerly DO 58.106.313)

Previous Editions

DO Seals 6 no. 122.1; Zacos, Seals 2: no. 22; Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1631; Oikonomides, Dated Lead Seals, no. 115. Cf. Galavaris, “Thokos,” no. 26 (p. 176).


42 mm
34 mm
50.53 g


Leo Stypes, patriarch of Constantinople (1134–43)

The Mother of God, seated on a backless throne, holding Christ on her knees. At left and right, sigla M-Ρ-ΘV: Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ. Border of dots.


Leo Stypes, patriarch of Constantinople (1134–43)

Inscription of eight lines preceded by decoration. Border of dots.

Leo Stypes, patriarch of Constantinople (1134–43)

Λέων ἐλέῳ Θ(εο)ῦ ἀρχ(ι)επίσκοπος Κωνσταντ(ι)νουπόλεως Νέας Ῥώμης καὶ οἰκουμενικ(ὸς) π(ατ)ριάρχ(ης).


Λέων ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ ἀρχιεπίσκοπος Κωνσταντινουπόλεως Νέας Ῥώμης καὶ οἰκουμενικὸς πατριάρχης.

Leo, by the grace of God, archbishop of Constantinople, the New Rome, and ecumenical patriarch.



For a listing of members of the illustrious family of Stypes/Stypeiotes, see: Cheynet, Pouvoir, no. 145 n. 1; Seibt–Zarnitz, no. 3.2.7; Stavrakos, Bleisiegel Athen, no. 247; and Jordanov, Preslav, nos. 116–17.

The reverse inscription has accent and breathing marks.


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