Priests and ekklesiekdikoi (of Saint Sophia) (fourteenth century)
- Accession Number:
DO Seals 5 no. 42.22; Zacos, Seals II, no. 73c (twelfth century); Laurent, Corpus 5.3: no. 1654C (fifteenth century).
- 49 mm
- 54.78 g
- Cut on two sides and bent.
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: ΗΑΓΙΑ|σο|φι|α : Ἡ Ἁγία Σοφία. Remains of an inscription on left: Ν: [Ἰουστινιανὸν δεσπό]την; and remains of identifying inscription at right: Ο.Θ :[Μή(τη)ρ Θ(εο)ῦ – Ἡ Β]ο[ή]θ[εια]. No visible border.
Τοῖς θεοσεβεστάτοις πρεσβυτέροις καὶ ἐκκλησεκδίκοις.
(The Mother of God is the aid to) the most God-revering priests and ekklesiekdikoi.
- Catalogue of Byzantine Seals at Dumbarton Oaks and in the Fogg Museum of Art, Volume 5: The East (continued), Constantinople and Environs, Unknown Locations, Addenda, Uncertain Readings
- Byzantine Lead Seals, vol. 2
- Le Corpus des sceaux de l’empire byzantin, vol. 5, L’Église
- The Virgin and Justinian on Seals of the Ekklesiekdikoi of Hagia Sophia