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Monastery of the Theotokos (?) (sixth/seventh century)

 
 

Obverse

A holy figure, likely the Virgin, wearing chiton and himation. No visible border.

παρωμένου

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

α - ε - μ - ν - ο - π - ρ - υ - ω

παρωμένου

Obverse

A holy figure, likely the Virgin, wearing chiton and himation. No visible border.

παρωμένου

Reverse

Cruciform monogram. Wreath border.

α - ε - μ - ν - ο - π - ρ - υ - ω

παρωμένου

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.3206
Diameter 24.0 mm; field: 22.0 mm
Previous Editions

Zacos-Veglery, no. 2973.

Credit Line Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore.

Translation

παρωμένου

(Translation uncertain.)

Commentary

This may be the seal of an as yet unattested monastery of the Theotokos. The circular inscription, which echoes the monogram, seems to read "παρωμένου," a word not easily explained.