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St Thaddeus Monastery maybe?

July 25 2015 at 10:54 PM
VirtualAni 


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It does have some Aghtamar-style relief carvings. They depict scenes from a piece of Safavid-era Persian literature (I forget from exactly what work) rendered in a rather mechanical way (the same scenes are duplicated 4 times). Given that the church itself was designed to deliberately evoke Etchmiadzin, it is possible that the relief carvings were directly inspired by the vine-scroll reliefs at Aghtamar. I know of no other examples like the Aght'amar large scale figurative relief carvings though - elsewhere any similar figurative relief carving is generally restricted to tympanums or the flanking of doorways, such as at Surb Bartholomeos in Van region.

 
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