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

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2934
Diameter 76 mm
Field diameter 55 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.14; Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 112 (illustrated on pl. 16).

Obverse

The Mother of God (right) and Justinian (left), holding between them a model of the church of Saint Sophia. Inscription above and in center: ΗΑ|ΓΙΑ Σ|Ο|Φ|Ι|Α : Ἡ Ἁγία Σοφία. Invocative circular inscription at left, and circular inscription at rightΘΚ̅Ε̅ΟΗΘΕΙ : and: ΙΙΝΙΑΝΟΔΕΣ : Ἰουστινιανὸ(ν) δεσ(πότην)? Border of dots.

Θ(εοτό)κε βοήθει

Reverse

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

τοισθεο
σε
ε.τα
το..πρεσ
.τεροισ
...εκκλ.
..κδικ...

τοῖς θεοσεβε[σ]τάτο[ις] πρεσβ[υ]τέροις [καὶ] ἐκκλ[ησε]κδίκ[οις]

Translation

Θεοτόκε βοήθει τοῖς θεοσεβεστάτοις πρεσβυτέροις καὶ ἐκκλησεκδίκοις.

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

Commentary

See the commentary to BZS 1951.31.5.2933.