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Murals of Ertso Sioni Church. Second Layer

Building: Ertso Sioni Church
Layer of the Murals: Second Layer
Date/Period: 10th c.
Donor(s): Unknown
Painter(s): Unknown
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The second layer of the painting probably decorated only the chancel of the basilica.



In the conch a short version of the composition of Christ in Majesty was represented. Christ, seated on the throne which was embellished with ornamented poles and cushions decorated with floral patterns, had the right hand raised in blessing. A tetramorph was depicted on His right (only the images of a lion and an ox could be discerned) and a seraph – on the left. Figures of archangels clad in loros were depicted on both sides of the throne at the edges of the conch.


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), 18.

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): 262.

Tat’jana Shevjakova, Monumental’naja Zhivopis’ Rannego Srednevekov’ja Gruzii [Monumental Painting of the Early Medieval Georgia] (Tbilisi, 1983), 18.