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Makenis, IX c.
The Holy See of Echmiadzin
Treasury – Museum

silver - 925o, semiprecious stones - 15 pcs., Weight ~ 15 g.

Armenian cross stones (khachkars) are vivid phenomena in medieval art. Crosses, carved on stelae long ago beginning from the 5-6th centuries, serving as memorial or exhortational monuments in Christian countries. In Armenia, however, khachkars are embodied with an especially rich artistic content and are valuable achievements in Armenian monumental art. The first true khachkars appeared in the 9th century, during the time of Armenian...

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The Holy See of Echmiadzin
Treasury – Museum

silver - 925o, semiprecious stones - 12 pcs., weight ~ 11 g., colored enamel

Echmiadzin is one of the more important cultural and religious centers and is the residence of the Catholicos of All Armenians. The Cathedral of Surb Echmiadzin is the oldest Christian church in Armenia and was founded in the 4th century. According to legend, the place where the cathedral would be constructed was pointed out to Gregory the Enlightener by Christ himself.

The Echmiadzin Collection is presently...

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Fragment of bas-relief, Church “Surb Khach”
915 – 921 AD, Aghtamar Island, Lake Van

silver 925o, weight – 5 g., colored enamel

The Surb Khach Church is one of the jewels of Armenian architecture. It is situated in the beautiful place some kilometers away from the southern shore of the Lake Van. The church was built in 915-921 AD, during the rise of Vaspurakan Kingdom. Aghtamar church is richly decorated with bas-reliefs depicting apostles, saints and the scenes from the Old and New Testaments. The church is encircled by four friezes: with vegetative ornaments under the windows...

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Fragment of bas-relief, Church “Surb Khach”
915 – 921 AD, Aghtamar Island, Lake Van

silver - 925o, weight – 10 g., colored enamel

The Surb Khach Church is one of the jewels of Armenian architecture. It is situated in the beautiful place some kilometers away from the southern shore of the Lake Van. The church was built in 915-921 AD, during the rise of Vaspurakan Kingdom. Aghtamar church is richly decorated with bas-reliefs depicting apostles, saints and the scenes from the Old and New Testaments. The church is encircled by four friezes: with vegetative ornaments under the...

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Ketchariss, XIII c.

silver - 925о, semiprecious stones - 23 pcs., weight ~19 g.

Armenian cross stones (khachkars) are vivid phenomena in medieval art. Crosses, carved on stelae long ago beginning from the 5-6th centuries, serving as memorial or exhortational monuments in Christian countries. In Armenia, however, khachkars are embodied with an especially rich artistic content and are valuable achievements in Armenian monumental art. The first true khachkars appeared in the 9th century, during the time of Armenian...

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Kotayk, XIV c.

silver - 925o, semiprecious stones - 21 pcs., weight ~ 22 g.

Armenian cross stones (khachkars) are vivid phenomena in medieval art. Crosses, carved on stelae long ago beginning from the 5-6th centuries, serving as memorial or exhortational monuments in Christian countries. In Armenia, however, khachkars are embodied with an especially rich artistic content and are valuable achievements in Armenian monumental art. The first true khachkars appeared in the 9th century, during the time of Armenian...

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silver - 925o, semiprecious stones ~ 35 pcs., weight ~ 2-3 g., colored enamel

The Armenian letters with its pictorial content and sound expression are a part of a nation’s literary culture and art. In literary culture and art of Armenian people the charm of expressional power of letters is hidden behind the viewer’s subconscious perception of the harmony of its form and sound. Each letter has its feature in depth and form, which was worked out, then developed and enriched during centuries from...

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silver - 925o, semiprecious stones ~ 35 pcs., weight ~ 2-3 g., colored enamel

The Armenian letters with its pictorial content and sound expression are a part of a nation’s literary culture and art. In literary culture and art of Armenian people the charm of expressional power of letters is hidden behind the viewer’s subconscious perception of the harmony of its form and sound. Each letter has its feature in depth and form, which was worked out, then developed and enriched during centuries from...

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Fragment of ornaments of Armenian manuscripts
Gospel, 1304, Nakhidjevan
Painter and Binder – Simeon
Matenadaran, MS # 3722

silver - 925o, weight ~ 3 g., colored enamel

Matenadaran is an ancient manuscript repository. It holds one of the world's richest depositories of medieval manuscripts and books which span a broad range of subjects, including history, philosophy, medicine, literature and art. The Matenadaran is a major centre for the study and preservation of Armenian works of literature. In ancient times and the Middle Ages manuscripts were reverentially guarded in Armenia, and they played an...

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