Saturday, December 17, 2011

Mary and Jesus

These two Safavid Persian paintings depicts Mary (Maryam) and Jesus (ʿĪsā), as indicated by the inscriptions. They date to the late eleventh century AH / seventeenth CE and are attributable to the Safavid painter Shaykh ‘Abbāsī, whose works range between 1060 AH / 1650 CE to 1095 AH / 1683-4 CE. 


S.E said...

very interesting - i especially love seeing non-Western portrayals of the Virgin Mary and Jesus. Cos we all know they were not white, blonde and blue-eyed.

jeronimus said...

Hi SE.
Santa Claus (Nicholas) is always depicted as a Northern European.
But the real saint Nicholas was from what is now Turkey.
I love the green fiery halos over the heads of Mary and Jesus. Muslims often have more respect for them than those calling themselves Christians.

Occidental Jihadist said...

And, Jeronimus, there was no "Turkey" in St. Nicholas' time--rather, it was the mostly-Greek Christian Byzantine Empire, because the Turks had not yet invaded, conquered and Islamized. So while St. Nicholas was not Nordic, neither was he Turkish nor Muslim--he was a Greek Christian.

Samir said...

Santa Claus may be from Turkey, but he immigrated to Finnland hundreds of years ago. which is surprising because I think he's the only person who can do what he does, hence instant job stability. But Santa is a big rascist; he only every gives Catholic and Christian kids presents. I was good every year but never got a thing.

jeronimus said...

@ Occidental Jihadist. If you had bothered to read my comment properly you would have noticed that I wrote
"In what is NOW Turkey" because I knew that otherwise someone like you would point out that the state of Turkey did not exist in the time of St Nicholas. I think it's pretty obvious that St Nicholas was a Christian not a Muslim. I did not say he was a Muslim. Was he genetically Greek or a Hellenised Anatolian? Does it really matter what race he was? He was a saint and deserves to be depicted as a real person, not as some bloated, rosy-cheeked Nordic Elf.