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

Maged S.A. Mikhail and Mark Moussa

in Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162602
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970474 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162602.003.0013
A Play of Light and Shadow: The Stuccoes of Dayr al-Suryan and their Historical Context

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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

Chapter.  6352 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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