Archive for January, 2005

“Lost” alas!

January 21, 2005

Here’s an image posted by a dealer who has lost the original. It’s a variation on the common image of Najibullah as a Soviet puppet, in the same style (from the same workshop?) as the previous image. I have never seen one at this scale before, or with so much extra detail. A loss indeed…

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Jihad against the Soviets

January 21, 2005

Here are the details of the text on the image below – the translation (in italics) is by Hossein Valamanesh.

(return to the full image here)

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This is a combination of a number of words but the main word in the middle could be Jihad but with an extra line in the middle I do not know what that is – could be decorative.

Sabur Fahiz contributes a further translation: either side of the flaming hand are to be read the names of the Socialist factions: “Parcham”, and “Khalkh”. But as well, he suggests that the flaming hand of the Soviets is also a reference to another faction: “Shollah” or “the flame” which was also the name of another faction, rendered extinct in the internecine warfare within the Socialist bloc.

– An earlier example of this carpet can be seen at Plate 35 in Frembgen and Mohm.

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On the right the word is people – on the left, flag.

– What’s striking about this image is the device of layering or transparency – the shower of (what is it? another hammer and sickle?), the geometrical symbol, and the text overlaid in a kind of matrix above the Jihad tag. The image of the hand descending from the space of the Soviet Union, with hammer and sickle above, is usually holding/manipulating the figure of Najibullah, but there are other examples of the hand raining down over the map of Afghanistan.

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This is a difficult one – on the left the first word says price of or price, and continuing that it is not clear. It could be the word mistake or hard work.

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On the left, land or land of. On the right, Afghanistan.

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I think it may be imitating a Russian or English word.

In the full image of the carpet, surrounding Afghanistan clockwise from the top are the names of surrounding countries – Turkomanstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, and on the left Iran.