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The Georgian Kingdom and Georgian Art

Cultural Encounters in Anatolia in Medieval Period, Symposium Proceedings, 15 May 2014, Ankara

A survey of the architecture and history of the Tao-Klarjeti region.

This book, comprising the proceedings of a 2014 symposium at Koç University’s Vehbi Koç Ankara Studies Research Center, fills an important gap in the research surrounding the historical principality of Tao-Klarjeti. This political entity founded by the Georgian Bagrationis dynasty in the early ninth century covers the modern-day provinces of Artvin, Erzurum (partially), Ardahan in Turkey, and the provinces of Samtskhe-Javakheti and Ajara in Georgia. This volume explores the religious and secular buildings, decor programs, facade articulations, stone reliefs of monastic and Cathedral churches, mason builders, and donors of Tao-Klarjeti’s architecture. A particular focus is placed on recent archaeological discoveries in Şavşat Castle and the heritage of manuscripts produced in scriptoriums and literary centers of the region.

450 pages | 850 color plates | 7 3/4 x 9 3/4

Art: Middle Eastern, African, and Asian Art

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Table of Contents

Preface, Filiz Yenisehirlioglu

Introduction, Irene Giviashvili


“Tao-Klarjeti: Brief History And Surveys” by Fahriye Bayram

“Two Outstanding Medieval Buildings in North-East Anatolia: Iskhani (Ishan) and Oshki (Ösk) Churches” by Prof. Dr. K. Kutgün Eyüpgiller, MA-Restoration Specialist Tugba Barlik Vardi, MA-Serda Torus

“A Visual Concept of Royal Legitimacy: The Sculpted Program of St. John the Baptist Church of Oshki (Ösk)” by Nino Simonishvili

“Stone Ornaments in Tao-Klarjeti Architecture”, by Turgay Yazar

“Builders of the Churches of Tao-Klarjeti: Some Preliminary Notes” by David Khoshtaria

“Archeological Discoveries From Savsat Savsat Castle From the Bagratli-Ottoman Period” by Osman Aytekin

“Facade Articulation and Architectural Ornamentations Of The New Rabat Monastery Church” by Selda Uygun

An Annex of Georgian Buildings by Irene Giviashvili, Natia Khizanishvili
“Tao-Klarjeti – Heritage of Manuscripts” by Nikoloz Zhgenti

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