Altar Barrier from Dranda Church: New Facts

Anastasis: Research in Medieval Culture and Art. 2018;V(2):7-20


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Journal Title: Anastasis: Research in Medieval Culture and Art

ISSN: 2392-862X (Print); 2392-9472 (Online)

Publisher: Artes

Society/Institution: “George Enescu” National University of Arts of Iași

LCC Subject Category: Fine Arts: Arts in general | History (General) and history of Europe: History (General): Medieval history

Country of publisher: Romania

Language of fulltext: Spanish, English, Italian, French, German

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Ekaterina Yu. Endoltseva (Researcher, Institut of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow)

Dorotheos Dbar (archimandrite) (Senior Researcher, Department of History of the Abkhazian Institute of Humanitarian Researches of the Academy of Sciences of Abkhazia)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 15 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The present article deals with a decoration of the altar barrier from the medieval church of Dranda village (Abkhazia), which has not retained its original form. Two slabs with figurative compositions have been published by Countess P. S. Uvarova at the end of the 19th century; they have been lost since then. Modern researchers know them only from the photo prints made by Uvarova. Some fragments from Dranda church are preserved in the collection of the Abkhazian State Museum in Sukhum. A new fragment (not known before) with a representation of Jonas prophet devoured by the sea monster has been discovered in the collection of the Archaeological Museum of Saint Metropolis of Abkhazia (New Athos). There are four further fragments of the architectural decoration of Dranda church, their dating being disputed by researchers. The authors of the article propose the X century for all the fragments of the shattered altar barrier.