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Whirling Dervish

Original painting Sold, oil on canvas, 630 x 750mm, 2008

Limited edition print available - scroll down and click 'add to cart'

When travelling through Turkey in June 2008 Sofia was introduced to the mystical branch of Islam known as Sufism. This work depicts a Whirling Dervish performing the sema, a Sufi ritual where one revolves meditatively while worshiping the existence and majesty of the Creator. In so doing, one confirms the words of the Qur'an (64:1): Whatever is in the skies or on earth invokes God. In the symbolism of the Sema ritual, the semazen's camel's hair hat (sikke) represents the tombstone of the ego; his wide, white skirt represents the ego's shroud. While whirling, his arms are open: his right arm is directed to the sky, ready to receive God's beneficence; his left hand, upon which his eyes are fastened, is turned toward the earth. The semazen conveys God's spiritual gift to those who are witnessing the Sema. Revolving from right to left around the heart, the semazen embraces all humanity with love. The human being has been created with love in order to love. Mevlâna Jalâluddîn Rumi says, "All loves are a bridge to Divine love. Yet, those who have not had a taste of it do not know!"

Limited Edition Print

Limited edition of 75 prints available on matte paper of museum archival quality. Image size is 462 x 550mm and is surrounded by an unprinted white border. All prints are proofed by the artist before she signs, titles, dates and numbers them. Shipping is FREE within NZ and $35 everywhere else (prices are NZD). Unframed print arrives sealed in protective tube or sleeve.

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