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

Accession Number:
BZS.1955.1.4913

Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.19; Zacos, Seals II, no. 73b (twelfth century).

Details

Diameter:
47 mm
Field:
39 mm
Weight:
59.03 g

Obverse

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

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: above and in center: ΗΓΙ ΣΟ|ΦΙ|: Ἡ Ἁγία Σοφία; at left: Ι|Ι|ΝΙ|Ν|ΟΝ|Σ|Π.|Ν : Ἰουστινιανὸν δεσπ[ό]την; and at right: Ρ̅|Υ̅|ΗΒ|ΟΗ|Η|Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ – Ἡ Βοήθια. Border of dots.

Reverse

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

Inscription of five lines with cross above and followed by decoration. Border of dots.


τοισ
οσΒσττοισ
πρσβυτροις
κικκλησ
κικοισ


τοῖς θεοσεβεστάτοις πρεσβυτέροις καὶ ἐκκλησεκδίκοις

Translation

Τοῖς θεοσεβεστάτοις πρεσβυτέροις καὶ ἐκκλησεκδίκοις.

The most reverent priests and judges of Hagia Sophia.

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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."

W. Seibt noted in his review of DO Seals 5 that this specimen is parallel to BZS.1958.106.5720.

 

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