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Capital with Virgin and Child


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On the face of this capital discovered at Dvin, the Virgin and Child sit on a throne with a high back that encircles them like a halo. The dramatically projecting figures demand the viewer’s recognition and reverence. Images like this one developed with the declaration of the Virgin as the Mother of God (Astuatsatsin) at the Council of Ephesus in 431, a concept that was widely accepted in Armenia.

Capital with Virgin and Child, Tuff, Armenian

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