Iranian Potter’s “40 Angels”

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 6:04 am

Iranian Potter’s “40 Angels”

Maryam Kouhestani's 40 angels from "Clay in Her Hands"
Fatemeh Keshavarz, our guest in “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi,” periodically distributes a personal newsletter sharing her thoughts and opinions on Iranian news, culture, and US-Iranian relations and politics. What I enjoy most about these newsletters are the visual elements she includes that highlight  photography, art, and multimedia features that you wouldn’t find in U.S. media.
Recently she included a link to a slideshow of Iranian women potters describing their art. One potter, Maryam Kouhestani, talks about her striking piece of figures worshiping behind 40 angels:

“…My angels are children who were born old. They all look rough. They have not experienced the tenderness of childhood, but deep down they are still children. One of my angels is trying to tell her fortune. I got this idea from the children there. Their lives are so much at the mercy of fate and random events that they are always trying to find out what will happen to them next.”

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was a coordinating producer for radio and web content at Speaking of Faith. She worked at Minnesota Public Radio as a project manager overseeing budgets and special restricted grants for regional and national news programs. Prior to MPR, she worked in human resources for Barnes & Noble and Target Corporation. She has a bachelor’s degree in History from Northwestern University.

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