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Neda Parsa

November 2011

 

One Hundred Rubies!

When you say “One Hundred Rubies “to the Iranians, almost all of them will say “Anaar” in return, which means pomegranate!

On my recent trip to Tehran I had the chance to go to the annual pomegranate festival, and since my mind  tends to observe everything through mosaic concepts, I thought that maybe pomegranate-here in after called "pom"- would be the most mosaic - like fruit that nature has offered us.

In the festival you could find various kinds of poms in various forms-from paste, sauce, ice cream, to girls and even black pom that I myself haven’t seen it before!!!

 

               

         

Pom is the most symbolic fruit in Iran’s culture, art, and mythology and represents love, eternity, fertility of mind, beauty and righteousness.  It also has very rich and colourful history in this region. The last 10 days of September are devoted to pom harvest feast. It normally begins with prayers followed by folk music and local games. Then gardeners start to pick up poms.

 

   

   

Back to the ancient Persian history pom was a very respectful and sacred fruit to the Zoroastrians. Growing the plant was a kind of worshiping to them, and hence it was known as a religious and cultural practice. They even used to plant it next to the tombs of the mystics. A clear trace of this fruit can be seen in Torah, Bible and Quran, as well.

There is no wonder if we find its appearance in some ancient mosaics like the one in Dorset, England, and in the Roman Britain, in the 4th century AD.

 

Or in Ay Trias Basilica, north Cyprus  :

 

It is also said that poms were depicted on the two pillars in front of the King Solomon temple in Jerusalem but I’m not sure if they were in mosaic form or painting!! Anyhow there would be no surprise if they were mosaic since the King had the power to talk to the whole creatures so the ants would arrange the tesseraes in his one glance and the bees would grout it in the same way they make honey. And it was done !!

Now, looking for some more recent pom mosaic, I found a great 3D one in CMA by GaliKamil.

    

As Gali said :"Fancy Pomegranate  was created for a special exhibition at the Mormon University in Jerusalem. It was inspired by the pomegranate tree mosaic at the Shomron Synagogue El – Hibra. In this exhibition Israeli and Palestinian artists were supposed to present a new look based on an ancient Mosaic found in our region. The 3D mosaic is made of metal ball used to be an old float ball covered byred ceramic tiles- some hand made - at the bottom,Colored glass, and   gold mirrors up and between beads above. The crown at the top, created from Papier Mache covered with small pebbles and mirrors. “

Now I think being involved with pom for the past few weeks and seeing Gali and her students’ mosaics (you can see in her FB photos), I’m a bit tempted to start a pom mosaic maybe in my own style – no clear representation – I’m really thinking about it !

I’ve attached some more photos taken by me for those who are interested in .

Neda

 

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