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7 DOMES IN 7 DAYS: Haft Peykar - Yellow

The Pavilions of the Haft Peykar هفت پیکر. A miniature adventure week.

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Join me for some night painting! (London time) Following on from the 7 planets, follow Prince Bahram wandering through his 7 pavilions of 7 beauties in his palace of princesses. A locked room contains their 7 portraits, one princess from each of the 7 climes, and he falls in love with… all 7 at the same time (different times, different rules). Later he sets out in search of the seven and they become his brides. An architect constructs 7 domes to house each wife and each dome corresponds to one of the 7 planets and is associated with that planet’s colour. Each night, each princess tells him a story and he learns from each one in turn. We’ll discuss Julie Scott Meisami’s verse translation and the Sufi, mystical meaning of the whole poem - of which the 7 Domes are just a part - in class. The Haft Peykar itself is a part of the Khamsa (Quintet) of Nezami… poems within poems within poems a bit like tales within tales within tales that I will never tire of like the 1001 Nights! This unique painting-teaching-performance is a one-off event series and will be recorded but won’t be repeated. You do not need to take all the classes although to experience the full picture of the poem I recommend all of them. The Procession of Princesses and their Pavilions: Day 7: Sunday 31 July The Princess Yaghma Naz of Turkestan and the Sun in her Yellow Dome. Turkestan is Turan. Turan is not Iran. Turan is Sogdiana. Sogdiana is Transoxiana. Transoxiana is roughly Xinjiang, west China, and Central Asia. Obviously these don’t correlate exactly with ancient borders and in poetry are somewhat mutable too; camels ignored them and so did birds. Sometimes this is the Princess of Nimruz - Balochistan/Afghanistan, and sometimes this is the Greek princess! You will need: - Miniature painting supplies (go to the Forum at > Resources for a full list of supplies) - Paper ready prepared with a Dome on it, traced and transferred and the lines inked in. This is a separate series which also stands alone. Please note that we will not cover the preparation and teastaining of the paper in this class (that is covered in other miniature classes). Please also note that we will solely focus on the Domes in these classes and not the Princesses - which are covered separately in much more detail in the focused Painted Ladies class series. 7 is special!

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