Nilgun Akyol

Shahmaran with Guernica1

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Shahmaran with Guernica1 - Nilgun Akyol

Shahmaran with Guernica1
Size (HxW) : 60x50 cm
Weight : 1 g
Style : Fantasy
Technic : oil on strengthened canvas
Theme : Not figurative
Category : Painting
Year : 2007
Desc. : Shahmeran who most probably may be linked with the snake gods of Mesopotamia, being converted into female in connection with the mother-goddess cult, is a symbol of Anatolian mythology. Her story may be related with the story of Jemlia of the Arabian Night Tales, but should be narrated much later than the appearance of the symbol. Not being in conflict with central Asian Turkic belief which regards snakes as the earthly universe, and adapting herself into Islamic belief of Anatolians by filling the gap of a distinguished female personality, had made her survive until today. The semantics of the symbol varied and enriched, her identity gradually enlarging from protecting females and homes to a more sophisticated assistance regarding her wisdom in the times of trouble. In time she who accepts her fate in full self-sacrifice, yet still holds the leading role at her story, had converted into a heroine for especially Eastern Anatolian women who identified themselves with her. The sociological characteristics of the region which only permits a closed society because of feudal relations had also helped the journey of Shahmeran from past to present. In that sense, the future of Shahmeran remains a mystery just like the symbol herself still does.
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shahmaran with bird shahmaran with Guernica's mother
 
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