17.6 Seal of a dependency of the Iviron Monastery at Kalyvia in Eastern Thrace
19th c., 1st half
Copper alloy, diameter 7.1 cm
On the matrix of this seal is a stylized representation of the Virgin and Child, in the type of the Hodegetria. The base to which it was once secured by means of a hole in the centre has been lost. The haloes behind the Virgin and the Christ Child display, respectively, the following legends: MH(TH)P Θ(EO)Y and O ΩN ('He that is'); to the left of the figure of Christ is his monogram I(HΣOY)Σ X(PIΣTO)Σ. Around the perimeter runs the legend: + H ΠAPOYΣA ΣΦPAΓ(I)ΔA HNΔE + THΣ ΠANAΓIAΣ + THΣ ΦANEPOMENHΣ + AΠ(O) + TA KAΛIBIA+ ('This seal belonged to the [church of] the Panagia Phaneromeni in Kalyvia').
The Church of the Virgin in Kalyvia (Eastern Thrace) was bequeathed to the Iviron Monastery as a dependency in 1763.