Armenian Highlands: Indo-European 'Aryan' Homeland
Geghard Monastery | Armenia
One of the amazing Cross stoneworks, a masterpiece. It is knows as Aseghnakar (Needlestone) by the famous Varpet Poghos. The central part of #Goshavank monastery #khachqar. Photos by khachqar.com
Coupe Samanide à décor noir et rouge. Asie Centrale, probablement Samarcande, Xe siècle. Photo Boisgirard et Associés
The making of a Khachkar (Armenian cross-stone)
This extraordinary 19th century ceremonial bowl, commissioned by the Alpaiwalla family, a wealthy Bombay-based Parsi family of bullion dealers, is decorated in unusually high relief with Parsi/Zoroastrian themes. ...Muktad vases are used during the Parsee ceremony of muktad, the annual prayers for the dead, celebrated in the last ten days of the Parsee calendar."
Monastère de Gandzasar, région de Martakert, République du Haut-Karabagh (40°03’ N - 46°32’ E).
Medieval Armenian Cross Stone (Khachkar) - Depiction of Light Bagratuni Archers. Armenians were renowned in the Ancient & Medieval world for their heavy Cavalry and their Archers. Many factions used Armenians as mercenaries in the core regiments in their military, in particular the Persians and the Eastern Roman Empire.