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 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 [...]

The three-dimensional sculpture of the cross presents the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Christ, nude and standing upright, is nailed on the logs. His hair is spread over the shoulders, His cheeks and chin are covered with a beard and His arms are horizontally spread. His eyes are open without an expression of pain and supplication towards those who surround him. These details are characteristic features of the old period cross-stones, called Amenaprikich (Saviour of All). Christ’s hands, feet and [...]