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The Boteh & Enneagon Muqarnas, celebrating the art of Afghanistan




ONLINE presentation taught by Stephanie June Ellis aka The Art of Process & Adam Williamson.

To celebrate the arts and crafts and rich decorative history of Afghanistan we will study the famous Boteh symbol  (also know as the paisley) . This sacred symbol representing the (cypress) tree of life and originally the Zoroaster sacred flame proliferates the sublime Great Mosque of Herat in Afghanistan.

Herat was an important link on the Silk road evident in a proliferation of influences and styles prevalent in the abundant ornamentation through the 11th century Mosque.

The Boteh teardrop motif is found throughout the Mosque, represents the ideas of eternal spirit and the season of autumn. The classes will focus on the arts and crafts of Afghanistan and the development of this mysterious motif and its application from Persia to India.


Alternative payment options

30% of the registrations were donated to the supporting crafts in Afghanistan via the wonderful charity

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We will also send everyone an email before the class with material to familiarise yourself before the session along with the online passcode again which will give you access to the class on Saturday.

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Herat c.1974

REQUIRED equipment & materials

  • A compass (recommended compass is the Rotring Master Bow)
  • A ruler
  • Paper size A2
  • Range of Pencils (6B-4H)
  • Tracing paper
  • Zero Eraser or equivalent
  • Optional – Coloured pencils.
  • Optional – Fine line drawing pens (useful to have, but not essential)

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