Religious Objects

Most surviving Armenian artworks that predate the 18th century are religious in nature. These works were either commissioned by the church or were donated by pious craftsmen and merchants. Christian interpretations were coupled with most works of art. The artistic genius of the Armenian culture is most visibly expressed in 4 separate areas: 

  • Liturgical embroideries, church vessels, illuminated books, and other works used directly in the Christian liturgical service

  • Armenian church architecture and khatchkars

  • Other religious artworks that reflect Armenian Christianity, but were not part of the actual liturgy

  • Folk religion including physical expressions of folk lore