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012 - Kalyan

8 Pt star polygon pattern on the portico of the Kalyan Mosque in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
Original watercolour on 300 g/m². 42 x 56 cm

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‘Being in the dot you can only witness the wonder and the beauty of existence wherever you turn.’ As no individual dot occupies a more central position than any other dot, the centre of this pattern would appear to be both everywhere and nowhere simultaneously!

Under the rule of the Shaybanid dynasty (the Uzbek descendants of Genghis Khan) Bukhara became an important hub of the arts, literature and science. This pattern dates from around CE 1514, the year of completion of the mosque on the site of former mosques and a pre-Islamic temple. The layout and construction follows Alan Adams. I decided on a traditional ‘Bukhara’ palette of cobalt, turquoise and gold.

Thursday, 30 March 2017