Δύο κεφαλόσχημες λειψανοθήκες από τη ΜεγαρίδαPart of : Παρνασσός ; Vol.ΜΓ, No.1, 2001, pages 287-306
Two head-shaped reliquaries from Megaris
The author describes in detail two head-shaped reliquaries, both of them dated and inscribed, which are preserved in the region of Megara. The first one belongs to St Hierotheos, disciple of Apostle Paul and first bishop of Athens, and is preserved in the homonymous convent; the second one belongs to St Jacob, a local martyr of Megara, and is preserved in the cathedral of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin. Body- or head-shaped reliquaries are frequent in the West, but very rare in the East, where sculptural elements are rather absent from Orthodox religious art. The two monuments discussed here combine western with eastern features, which makes them very interesting both artistically and historically.
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