East Facade
Zone A - Figure 11

A full-length depiction of a kneeling human, located beside the right leg of figure A13.

Physical characteristics
A diminutive, haloed, kneeling figure. The carving is rather badly damaged but the figure appears to have its hands raised in prayer or supplication, or it may be holding an object (a child?) in both hands. The sex of the figure is unclear, but it appears to be bearded and so is probably male.

The widow of Sarepa (DAA, Nersessian). This identification cannot be correct if the figure is bearded. A representative of the Artzruni dynasty, probably Khuran (Mnatsakanian).

The son of the widow of Sarepa was healed by the prophet Elijah (1 Kings 17). That incident is also mentioned in the Gospel of Luke: "...many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias ... but unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarapeta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow" (Luke 4.25-26). The intended allegory is that Christ is being compared to the prophet Elijah (Elias), and the widow of Sarapeta symbolises the church of the Gentiles who received Christ while the Synagogue did not recognise him.

Khuran was the chief of the Artzruni clan who was, according to the chronicler T'ovma Artzruni, was the first Armenian to be baptised by the Apostle Thaddeus. According to Mnatsakanian, it is Saint Thaddeus (and not Elijah) that this figure is kneeling in front of (see figure A13).