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

Accession number BZS.1955.1.4912
Diameter 44 mm
Field diameter 36 mm
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.20. Illustrated by Laurent, Corpus 5.1: no. 114 (pl. 19).


Justinian (left) and the Mother of God (right) holding between them a model of the church of Saint Sophia, which offers a view within of a cross set on an altar. Inscriptions. Center: ΗΑ|.ΙΑ|ΣΟ|ΦΙΑ : Ἡ Ἁ[γ]ία Σοφία; at left: Ι|...|Ν|ΙΑ|Ν|Ο|ΝΔ|ΕΣ|.Ο : Ἰου[στι]νιανὸν δεσ[π]ό[την]; and at right: ̅|ΘΥ̅|Η|..|..|Α : Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ – Ἡ Β[οήθι]α. Border of dots.


Inscription of five lines. Border of dots.


τοῖς θεοσεβεστάτοις πρεσβυτέροις καὶ ἐκκλησεκδίκοις


Τοῖς θεοσεβεστάτοις πρεσβυτέροις καὶ ἐκκλησεκδίκοις.

The most reverent priests and judges of Hagia Sophia.


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."