The Virgin and Child are presented in frontal view on the west face, in the iconographic principle of Hodegetria.  Framing her face, the folds of her veil come down and cover her body.  Her right hand raised from under the cover is placed on the Child’s knee.  The Infant Christ is shown sitting in his mother’s lap, curl-headed, with large almond-shaped eyes, his right hand raised in blessing gesture and his left holding a Gospel.  The capital is quadrangular in section and has an opening in the [...]

The small cat figure of a woman dates back to the 6th-5th centuries BC.  The woman is naked, long-legged, with emphasized toes on her feet.  A sumptuous hairdo decorates her head.  Her face is oval-shaped, her nose is long and straight.  Her eyes are almond-shaped, and her mouth is marked as a line. She is shown wearing a breast ornament.The woman holds a pitcher in her left hand, and a goblet in her right hand.  Her wrists are decorated with round bracelets. Collection : Archaeological collecti [...]

The narrative scenes of the “Three Adolescents in the Fiery Furnace” and “Daniel in the Den of Lions” are respectively depicted on the four faces and the base of the stela. In the center of the main, west face of the base is the figure of Daniel in praying attitude (orant), standing upright, with his hands raised.  Two lions with huge profiles and open jaws are licking the prophet’s garments.  Their bodies are depicted on the entire surface of the adjoining faces.  The side opposite the one with [...]

The scene is carved on three separate slabs of the south façade of the church of Spitakavor (White Virgin).  On the left-hand slab, a young rider, armed with a bow, shoots an arrow at a deer.  The horse moves forward, and the rider is depicted turned towards the deer.  On the right-hand slab the wounded animal runs away, its head turned towards the hunter. The rider is clad in princely attire: a long coat embracing his sturdy body with a jeweled belt, and a princely ribbon strip on his arm.  The [...]

This three-dimensional sculpture of a cross has extended vertical arms (one horizontal arm is missing). Rich acanthus scrolls, symbolizing growth of the cross, emerge from the base and reach the horizontal arm. The arms of the cross terminate in double circular frames, resembling gemstones. Similar sculptures of crosses were erected on memorial columns in the early Middle Age. Collection : Archaeological collection Exposition : Armenia in the 4th – 9th cc. Period : Middle Ages Era : 6th-7th cent [...]

Five identical ornaments are embroidered in many-coloured silk threads and gold metal thread on the two ends of the white towel.  The roundish composition in the centre of a boat-like image in colourful/many-coloured   threads is surrounded with coniferous branches, flowers and leaves.  The towel ends have a row of cypresses alternated with a flower and a house above the linear pattern made in metal thread. Collection : Ethnographic collection Exposition : Period : Modern Era Era : end of the 19 [...]

The apron has a remarkable composition with an image of a cross adorned with flowers in the centre, which is framed by images of equal-armed crosses and stars.  The carpet-like composition is outlined  by a band of many-coloured lozenges.  Images of flowery sprouts symbolizing fertility decorate the apron in the part that embraces the abdomen. Collection : Ethnographic collection Exposition : Period : Modern Era Era : 19th century Location : Vaspurakan Place : Material : Wool Inventar # : 644

The velvet dress consists of two parts. The bust is open and it has buttons. Both parts have vegetal patterns in many colours. The lining is made of white cotton cloth. Collection : Ethnographic collection Exposition : Armenian Traditional Costume 18th – 19th cc. Period : Modern Era Era : 1880 Location : Upper Armenia (Bardzr Hayk) Place : Arabkir Material : Silk Inventar # : 885, 886

The unique outfit is made of green velvet is embroidered in gold thread. Double snakes-dragons and stylized trees of life are luxuriously embroideredon the two fronts and sleeves. The inner dress is made of sky blue silk decorated with embroidered branches and baskets and edges with laces. The silk brassiere is decorated with floral motifs. Collection : Ethnographic collection Exposition : Armenian Traditional Costume 18th – 19th cc. Period : Modern Era Era : 19th century Location : Upper Armeni [...]

Episodes from the life of Christ - the Annunciation, the Baptism and the Adoration of the Magi -  are embroidered on the light greenish foundation.  The scenes are divided from each other by columns, the capitals of which are decorated with the heads of winged angels. Collection : Ethnographic collection Exposition : Treasures of the Armenian Church Period : Modern Era Era : 1723 Location : Diaspora Communities Place : Smyrna Material : Silk Inventar # : 1726