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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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Results of the Recent Restoration Campaigns (1995–2000) at Dayr al-Suryan

Results of the Recent Restoration Campaigns (1995–2000) at Dayr al-Suryan

(p.272) Results of the Recent Restoration Campaigns (1995–2000) at Dayr al-Suryan
Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun

Maged S.A. Mikhail

Mark Moussa

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter explains the work that was carried out in uncovering, cleaning, and restoring the iconographic programs in the ancient Church of the Virgin at Dayr al-Suryan: the earliest layer of wall paintings is dated to around the time of the Arab invasion of Egypt in the seventh century, later ones as late as the thirteenth century; the eighteenth-century layer was primarily added to cover the wall paintings. The chapter starts by presenting the stratigraphy of the decorated layers. It also highlights the characteristics of the paint layers and mortars, and the state of preservation. The reconstruction of the paint layers (chiefly second and third phase) is then addressed.

Keywords:   Dayr al-Suryan, Church of the Virgin, iconographic programs, wall paintings, Egypt, stratigraphy, preservation, restoration campaigns, paint layers

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