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

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2936
Diameter 42 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.21.

Obverse

Justinian (left) and the Mother of God (right) holding between them a model (obliterated) of the church of Saint Sophia. Inscriptions. In center: Η|Α|ΓΙΑ|ΣΟΦΙ|Α : Ἡ Ἁγία Σοφία; and at left: ΝΙ|ΑΝ|ΔΕΣ|.Ο|Τ: [Ἰουστι]νιαν(ὸν) δεσ[π]ότ(ην). Indeterminate border.

Reverse

Inscription of five lines. Indeterminate border.

τοισθε
οσεβεατοισ
εσβτεροι.
καιεκκλησ
.κδικοισ

τοῖς θεοσεβ(ε)στάτοις πρεσβειτέροι[ς] καὶ ἐκκλησ[ε]κδίκοις

Translation

Τοῖς θεοσεβεστάτοις πρεσβειτέροις καὶ ἐκκλησεκδίκοις.

The most reverent priests and judges 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."

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2936
Diameter 42 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.21.

Notes

Accession number BZS.1951.31.5.2936
Diameter 42 mm
Condition Corroded.
Previous Editions

DO Seals 5 no. 42.21.