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Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-NatrunEssays from the 2002 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society$
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Maged S.A. Mikhail and Mark Moussa

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162602

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162602.001.0001

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A Play of Light and Shadow: The Stuccoes of Dayr al-Suryan and their Historical Context

A Play of Light and Shadow: The Stuccoes of Dayr al-Suryan and their Historical Context

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(p.246) A Play of Light and Shadow: The Stuccoes of Dayr al-Suryan and their Historical Context
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Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun
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Maged S.A. Mikhail

Mark Moussa

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162602.003.0013

This chapter describes the impressive stuccoes found in Dayr al-Suryan, tracing the origin of such decorative motifs to Syria. The stuccoes are present in the haykal and the khurus of the Church of al-'Adra, as well as in the adjoining Chapel of the Forty-Nine Martyrs. It begins by presenting the description of stuccoes. Assessing their style, the stuccoes in Dayr al-Suryan belong to an oriental group of purely ornamental plasterwork from the ninth and tenth centuries. It also illustrates the Christian aspects in the decoration. It also reports the date of the stuccoes and the Takritan connection.

Keywords:   Dayr al-Suryan, stuccoes, Syria, Church of al-'Adra, Forty-Nine Martyrs, haykal, khurus, Christian

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