The Chukuli Gate, which once adorned the south entrance to the Chukuli Church in Chukuli, Lower Svaneti in western Georgia, is decorated with 22 representations of saints and open-work ornamental segments. It dates from the 11th century CE when artistic influence from the Byzantine Empire was quite strong in Georgian kingdoms and principalities. Ornately carved wooden gates that have survived in Saventi over time, bare witness to a rich tradition of carving. The Chukuli Gate is reminiscent of its contemporary, highly artistic stone alter-screens or bas-reliefs in the manner of its carving as well as in the sophisticated proportions of its figures. (Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi)
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