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

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/9789774162602.003.0014
Results of the Recent Restoration Campaigns (1995–2000) at Dayr al-Suryan

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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

Chapter.  2639 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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