This is the first major exhibition to explore the remarkable artistic and cultural achievement of the Armenian people in a global context over fourteen centuries - from the fourth century, when the Armenians converted to Christianity in their homeland at the base of Mount Ararat, to the seventeenth century, when Armenians control of the global trade routes. Through 140 objects - including richly illuminated manuscripts, rare textiles, cross stones (khachkars), church models, and printed books-the exhibition demonstrates how Armenians developed a unique Christian identity that linked their widespread communities over the years.

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