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Priests and ekklesiekdikoi (of Saint Sophia) (twelfth century)

Accession number BZS.1947.2.2174
Diameter 70 mm
Field diameter 51 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.15; Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 112C (eleventh century, second half; illustrated on pl. 16). Parallel specimen in Gorny Auction 87, 2.3 (1998), 847.

Obverse

Justinian (left) and the Mother of God (right) holding between them a model of the church of Saint Sophia. Inscriptions visible in center: Σ|Ο|Φ|Ι|Α : [Ἡ Ἁγία] Σοφία; circular invocation visible at left: ΘΚΕΟΗΘΕΙ . Remains of circular inscription at right: ΑΝΟΔΕΣ : ['Ιουστινι]ανὸ(ν) δεσ(πότην)? Border of dots.

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει

Reverse

Inscription of six lines followed by decoration.

...ΙΣΘΕΟ
ΣΕΑΣΤΑ
ΤΟΙΣΠΡΕΣ
ΥΤΕΡΟΙΣ
ΚΑΙΕΚΚΛΗ
ΣΕΚΔΙΚΗ


τοῖς θεοσεβεστάτοις πρεσβυτέροις καὶ ἐκκλησεκδίκη(ς)

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τοῖς θεοσεβεστάτοις πρεσβυτέροις καὶ ἐκκλησεκδίκης.

Mother of God, help the most reverent priests and ekklesiekdikoi of Hagia Sophia.

Commentary

For a discussion of the ekklesiekdikoi, who formed a tribunal, operating out of Saint Sophia, and the iconography associated with their seals, see the brief introduction in DO Seals 5, pages 88–89, as well as J. Cotsonis, "The Virgin and Justinian on Seals of the Ekklesiekdikoi of Hagia Sophia."

The lettering is very similar to Zacos, Seals II, nos. 69b and c.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.2174
Diameter 70 mm
Field diameter 51 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.15; Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 112C (eleventh century, second half; illustrated on pl. 16). Parallel specimen in Gorny Auction 87, 2.3 (1998), 847.

Accession number BZS.1947.2.2174
Diameter 70 mm
Field diameter 51 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.15; Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 112C (eleventh century, second half; illustrated on pl. 16). Parallel specimen in Gorny Auction 87, 2.3 (1998), 847.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1947.2.2174
Diameter 70 mm
Field diameter 51 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.15; Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 112C (eleventh century, second half; illustrated on pl. 16). Parallel specimen in Gorny Auction 87, 2.3 (1998), 847.

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