The Alex and Marie Manoogian Museum in Michigan holds the largest and most representative gathering of Armenian art and artifacts outside Armenia, including illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, rugs and carpets, sacred vessels and vestments, textiles and embroidery, ceramics, metalwork, paintings, coins, and objects from the ancient kingdom of Urartu. A Legacy of Armenian Treasures features more than 160 of the museum's most vital and beautiful pieces, each reproduced in full color and accompanied by a detailed entry. Essays by nine scholars of Armenian art and artifacts shed light not only on the artistic significance of these objects but on their cultural context as well.
Edmond Y. Azadian is Advisor to the Alex and Marie Manoogian Museum and Advisor from the Diaspora to the Ministry of Culture of Armenia. His books include Portraits and Profiles and History on the Move. Sylvie L. Merian is a librarian at the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York and author of many articles on Armenian arts and artifacts. She holds a Ph.D. in Armenian Studies with a specialization in Armenian manuscripts and codicology. Lucy Ardash is Director of the Alex and Marie Manoogian Museum.
Foreword Thomas F. Mathews Introduction Edmond Y. Azadian Chapter 1. Illuminated Manuscripts and Printed Books Sylvie L. Merian Chapter 2. Ceramics Amy S. Landau Chapter 3. Inscribed Rugs Vahram Taitikian with S. Peter Cowe Chapter 4. Ancient and Medieval Coins Levon Saryan Chapter 5. Paintings and Sculpture Garabed Belian Chapter 6. Ancient Objects Alina Ayvazian and Felix I. Ter-Martirosov Chapter 7. Garments, Lace, and Embroidery Sylvie L. Merian Chapter 8. Sacred and Religious Objects Amy S. Landau, Theo Maarten van Lint, and Sylvie L. Merian Chapter 9. Practical and Personal Metal Objects Sylvie L. Merian Maps Timeline of Armenian History Glossary of Armenian Terms Notes Bibliography Appendix I: Key to Use of Armenian Letters to Represent Numerals Appendix II: Indo-European Languages Diagram Acknowledgments About the Contributors