Archive for January, 2006

Too many bombs

January 5, 2006

Here’s another “bomb” for comparison with Max’s contributions below.

The form within the triangle of the mehrab looks the same as in the right hand image in the previous post – an abstraction of an armoured vehicle, as Max suggests, but in in this case it’s similar, more elaborate, but upside down…

This also has the beautiful hand prints either side of the mihrab which characteristic of many traditional prayer rugs – in other contexts the hands are called the “hands of Fatima“, or khamsa.

Portraits of Massoud

January 2, 2006

Max Allen, again, for comparison with the previous post. If this is a portrait of Massoud, then clearly the previous post is not…

I’d appreciate some discussion of the text in these works…

Leyli and Majnun in the modern world

January 2, 2006

Max Allen in Toronto sends us another version of this ambiguous representation of the Leyli and Majnun story. If the mujahideen figure is identifiable, who might it be? My copy was sold to me as a “portrait” of Osama bin Laden, but I was always very sceptical of this attribution. There’s further discussion of this in our other posts considering Leyli – the images appear when you click on the post titles.


When you compare the two, while some elements are missing from the image below, many are reproduced quite carefully, such as the profile of the male figure, which is surely distinctive enough to be reccognisable?