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Murals of Ertso Sioni Church. First Layer

Building: Ertso Sioni Church
Layer of the Murals: First Layer
Date/Period: 8th-9th cc.
Donor(s): Unknown
Painter(s): Unknown
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At some stage of history, the chancel and the walls of the hall were covered with plaster which has deeply engraved horizontal and vertical lines intersecting each other; they form a cruciform decorative network and as though repeat the pattern of masonry.


Rene Shmerlingi, “Sakart’velos udzveles p’reskul mokhatulobat’a dat’arighebis sakit’khisat’vis”, [“Concerning the Dating of the Earliest Fresco Decorations in Georgia”], Kart’uli khelovnebis istoriis institutis VIII sametsniero sesia. mokhsenebat’a t’ezisebi [Abstracts of the 8th Session of the Institute of Georgian Art History] (Tbilisi, 1954), 10–1.

Tatjana Shevjakova, “K voprosu o vozniknovenii I kharaktere freskovjkh rospisej v Gruzii VIII–IX vv.” [“Concerning the Origins and Character of the Fresco Decorations in 8th-9th-Century Georgia”], Sakart’velos metsnierebat’a akademiis sazogadoebriv metsnierebat’a ganq’op’ilebis matsne [Bulletin of the Section of the Social Sciences of the Georgian Academy of Sciences] 1 (1962): 258.

Zaza Skhirtladze, “Sakart’veloshi anikonur mokhatulobat’a arsebobis problemisat’vis” [“Towards the Issue of the Aniconic Decorations in Georgia”], khelovnebat’mtsodneoba [Studies in Art History] 6 (2005): 198–9.