Armenia has been an important source of metal since the Neolithic period, and Armenians have excelled as metal artisans from earliest times. The collection ranges from individual family heirlooms to gifts from larger collectors or gifted artists such as Anatoli Avetian and Georges G. Bezdjian. The Armenian metalware spans many other categories, but we classify it into several genres:

  • Domestic furnishings (dishes, plates, etc.)

  • Accessories (jewelry, belts, weapons)

  • Religious (reliquaries, vessels, book covers)

  • Contemporary art (sculpture, repousse)