Hagia Sophia’s south gallery. The first mosaic portrays Christ enthroned, between the Empress Zoe (1028-1050) and her third husband Constantine IX Monomachus (1042-1055). Constantine offers Christ an apokombion (purse estimated to contain gold coins weighing about 3 kgs. ) . Zoe presents Christ with a scroll inscribed with a list of her donations to the church. In accordance with older practices, the principal figure of the composition-in this instance that of Christ-is depicted on a larger scale, which is also meant to stress the difference between divine and human nature.
Hagia Sophia’s South Gallery — Mosaic of the Emperor John II Comnenus (1118-1143) and his consort Irene presenting a bag of gold coins and a scroll inscribed with a list of donations to the Theotokos.