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Dumeila, Murals of the Church of the Virgin

Building: Dumeila, Church of the Virgin
Layer of the Murals: One Layer
Date/Period: 9th century
Donor(s): Unknown
Painter(s): Unknown
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Fragments of plastering of the interior have survived only in the chancel.

The red contour drawing in the conch runs along the row of stones and creates imitation of masonry. Apparently, the painted decoration of the chancel was created by the graphic aniconic décor executed only in the conch – the drawing following the stiches of the facing creating an imitation of stone dressing. A triumphal arch built of ashlar ran above the aniconic décor and was flanked by profiled capitals.


Irina Mirijanashvili, “Sop. Dumeilas ‘ght’ismshoblis’ eklesia” [“Church of the Mother of God in the Dumeila Village”], Dzeglis megobari [Monument’s Friend] 3 (1987): 32.

Devi Berdzenishvili, Irine Elizbarashvili, Nikoloz Vacheishvili, Javakhet’i: istoriul-khurot’modzghvruli gzamkvlevi [Javakheti: Historical-Architectural Guide] [Guide of Georgia: II] (Tbilisi, 2000), 128.

Giorgi Marsagishvili, “Dumeilas q’ovladts’minda ghvt’ismshoblis eklesia” [“Church of the Moter of God in Dumeila”], in Valeri Asatiani ed., Akhaltsikhisa da tao-klarjet’is epark’ia [Diocese of Akhaltsikhe and Tao-Klarjeti] (Tbilisi, 2013), 626.