Κυριακή, 18 Νοεμβρίου 2012

siren, sphinx & sagittarius / Ibn Arabi





Siren on a star-shaped tile from Kubadabad Palace

Siren on a star-shaped tile
 underglaze painting, 
Kubadabad Palace, c. 1236 
 Karatay Madrasah Museum, Konya, Turkey











detail of an Islamic mosaic on the facade of a mosque in Iran












Lacquer painting on cardboard with the constellation “Sagittarius”

Iran, 19th century













15th century miniature
 





Islam, Paradise and the Garden




... the existence attributed to the created thing is the Being of God, since the possible has no existence. However, the essences of the possible are receptacles for the manifestation of this Being... For the verifiers it has been established that there is nothing in Being but God.
                  
Ibn Arabi, Futuhat II. 69. Trans. W. Chittick