The Alaverdi Gospels

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published on 18 December 2017

One of the most magnificent gospels in the Georgian language is undoubtedly the Alaverdi Gospels, which was completed in 1054 CE. It is the only Georgian manuscript to contain a mandylion, an impression of the face of the Savior on a shroud. Made of leather and metal, the cover is decorated with a painted icon of Jesus Christ, which was later inserted into a silver-chased frame featuring previous stones and cloisonné enamel images of St. George. (Those were created in the 11-12th century CE.) Holy objects were kept in the sockets on the cover. The cover dates from the late Middle Ages. (Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi)



About the Author

James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of Ancient History Encyclopedia and its Communications Director.

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