Extra rare byzantine orthodox seal Holy Virgin Theotokos as Parthenos

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Seller: lidiaprez (39) 100%, Location: Avellino, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 183742025590 ReignByzantine empireDenominationLead seal bullaDate Struck11th centuryObverseDraped bust of the Virgin Hodegetria, nimbate, facing, holding the infant Christ on her l. arm. Christ wears nimbus cruciger.Reverse...O…|CVNON|.ON CWZE|[Δ?]UΛ ΠAP|ΘENE in five linesWeightgr. 8.74Diametermm. 23ReferenceCf. Schlumberger p. 65, no. 3 = Laurent, Bulles Métriques 371, quoted and commented in Wassiliou-Seibt, Corpus II 2301 (different legend reading).GradeAbout XFCommentsThe reverse legend is a verse invoking the Virgin (“Parthene” in the last line) to save her ‘servant of the same name’.The name Parthenos is related too with the ancient goddess Athena, worshipped with this title in the Athens Parthenon, Christianized during the 6th century in a church dedicated to the Holy Virgin Theotokos.

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