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 [...]

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 [...]