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Иконостаси от XVII век в Самоковско
Iconostasеs from 17th c. in the region of Samokov

Author(s): Ivanka Gergova
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Асоциация за антропология, етнология и фолклористика ОНГЬЛ

Summary/Abstract: A research work is taking place on iconostases fragments from: the church “All Saints” in Ochusha village (1615), “St. Petka” in Kovachevtsi village (beginning of 17th c.), “St. Petka” in Belchin village (middle of 17th c.), “Sts. Peter and Paul” in Mala Tsurkva village (17th c.), “St. Nicholas” in Raiovo village (17th c.), from Reljovo village in the National archaeological institute with museum in Sofia (second half of 17th c.) and “Archangel Michael” in Dolni Okol village (17th c.). The iconostasis in the Belchin church “St. Petka” is of particular importance, whereas, during the 17th c. it was called “St. Nicholas and St. Petka”. It took more than 16 years for the iconostasis to be made. The central arch of the iconostasis took the influence of a model from the Epir woodcarving school. The iconostases in the villages of Mala Tsurkva, Raiovo and Reljovo resemble the one from Belchin and there is a resemblance between them, too. The parallels lead to the regions of Boboshevo and Sofia. There is a presumption to consider the master-woodcarvers and icon painters as being from the local regions. The iconostasis fragments preserved in the region together with the frescoes from the 17th c. are the background of the Samokov art school from the period of the National Revival.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 10
  • Page Range: 141-157
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Bulgarian