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Leo Stypes, patriarch of Constantinople (1134–43)

Accession number BZS.1958.106.313 (formerly DO 58.106.313)
Diameter 42 mm
Field diameter 34 mm
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).

Obverse

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.

Reverse

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

 
ΛΈΩΝ
ἘΛΈΩΘΥἈΡΧ,
ΚΩΝΣΤΝΤ,Ν
ΠΌΛΕΩΣΝΈΑ
ΡΏΜΗΣΚΙΟ
ΚΟΥΜΕΝΙΚ
ΠΡΙΆΡΧ,

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

Translation

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.

Commentary

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.

Accession number BZS.1958.106.313 (formerly DO 58.106.313)
Diameter 42 mm
Field diameter 34 mm
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).

Notes

Accession number BZS.1958.106.313 (formerly DO 58.106.313)
Diameter 42 mm
Field diameter 34 mm
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).

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