Hunting Scenes and the Zodiac Signs in the Medieval Georgian Sculpture


Images of hunting scenes play an important role in Georgian cultural heritage. We find these themes, in various forms and interpretations, in almost every century from V to XVIII. There is an interesting aspect of medieval relief sculpture - the "hunter" involved in hunting compositions often. Reveals a connection with the zodiac Sagittarius (e.g., Oshki). In addition, in the façade decoration of cathedrals, "archers" were inserted independently (e.g., Tkhaba -Yerdy). Similar compositions can be found mainly in the X-XI centuries, when we consider the Georgian medieval manuscripts and other examples (we also find astrological signs in "The Knight in the Panther's Skin"), which confirm that the signs of the zodiac in medieval Georgia were tolerated by the Georgian Church (e.g., 1188-1210 AA-65, late painting of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral [XVII c.]). Interestingly, the signs of the zodiac appear on European churches in the XI-XII centuries (in France, Britain, Italy and Spain) depicting the corresponding works of the month; however, unlike in European art, in Georgian art they are related to hunting scenes or are expressed independently. The scientific novelty of the research is the connection of the "hunter-archer" with the zodiac. The study of which revealed completely new signs of the iconographic scheme of St. Eustatius. It is also a scientific novelty to draw parallels between Georgian reliefs and Western European compositions (e.g., St. Hubert's hunting scenes and zodiac signs). A comprehensive study of Georgian-French material will show this direction of Georgian art in the context of broader geographical and world art history.

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Nino Goderdzishvili, Georgian National Museum, Georgia

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Conference: PCAH2023
Stream: Arts - Other Arts

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Goderdzishvili N. (2023) Hunting Scenes and the Zodiac Signs in the Medieval Georgian Sculpture ISSN: 2758-0970 The Paris Conference on Arts & Humanities 2023 Official Conference Proceedings
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