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Zhaleti, Murals of the Church of St. George. First Layer

Building: Zhaleti, Church of St. George
Layer of the Murals: First Layer
Date/Period: 8th-9th cc.
Donor(s): Unknown
Painter(s): Unknown
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Plain, red lines drawn on white background can be observed as fragments in the central part of the chancel vault. Similar ones have been preserved on a few sections of the hall vault too. These fragments make it possible to reconstruct the original image of the interior decoration of the church. The painted decoration was created by parallel, longitudinal, red lines between which short vertical lines were drawn – in this way rows of rectangular shapes were formed which, in their turn, conveyed imitation of masonry.


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): 259, pl. 1/5.

Nikoloz K’adeishvili, Zhalet’is khurot’modzghvruli dzegli [Zhalet’i Architectural Monument] (Tbilisi, 1964), 41.