Georgian Art & Design
The Martvili Icon of the Virgin
This is from the 1st half of the 12th century, from Martvili, Georgia. The Theotokos is tooled in gold and surrounded by gemstones. There are 11 icon medallions surrounding the central figure. In the corners are the Four Evangelists, starting from upper right, then clockwise: Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. To the left middle is St. Cyrus. To the right middle is St. Paul. Christ & the Theotokos are represented again in medallions just over the curve of the arch. Across the top are St. Peter, St. Marcianus and St. Basil.
The Virgin Hodegetria with Archangels. From Tsilkani
The faces and limbs of the saints, diadems of the Virgin and Christ date from 9th century; The garments and enamel medallions -
Constructed from wood, encaustic, tempera, silver, gold, cloisonné enamels, precious and semi-
60 x 48 cm
Art Museum of Georgia, Tbilisi
Pectoral Cross from Martvili
The cross bears four figurative enamels against the gold ground: the half-
Below the First Pectoral Cross of Martvili and a series of Georgian stamps with images of thes religious artifacts.
This precious Khakhuli icon is an amazing sample of Georgian chasing. Currently it is kept in the Georgian Art Museum. When all the three wings of the triptych are unfolded it is 147 cm in height and 202 cm in width. In the center the 10th-
The Gelati Tondo represents St. Mamai, tortured to death on the 2nd September 275 for having accepted Christianity.
The Two Cities -
The Plaque with the Presentation at the Temple
A beautiful example of an enamelled icon in The Georgian Museum.