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Conference of the Birds: the Nightingale by Majnouna Conference of the Birds: the Nightingale by Majnouna
"Keeper of Love's secrets
Why pour your gift out
On a transient rose?"

The “Conference of the Birds” is a 12th-century Sufi poem by Attar of Nishapur, that is a timeless parabol of the mystical quest for the Truth. It features the hoopoe, a spiritual guide figure, leading the birds on a perilous search for their King, the mythical Simorgh. Each bird in turn makes an excuse for not setting out, until at last they are all ready to take part. The nightingale symbolizes deluded love (being enamored with the rose, which neither cares nor lasts). 

I have a deep love of birds, and painted this series out of a desire to create some illumination-inspired work, with traditional pigments and materials, and gold accents. Each bird is perched on a rendition of its Arabic name in the “Eastern Kufic” style, which originates in Persia just like the poem. The text accompanying each bird is my own, trying to distil the essence of that particular passage in a form short enough to fit inside the halo.

Materials: oakgall ink, egg tempera with natural pigments*, gold leaf 23.75 ct.

* Pigment list for the whole series: burnt sienna, venetian red, vermilion, lac dye, rose madder, madder red, lead tin yellow, yellow ocher, terre verte, chrysocolla, dioptase, cavansite, azurite, lapis lazuli, eggshell white.
 
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GLoRToR Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017   General Artist
Love this and the other one too. You should vector them.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
What for?
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:iconglortor:
GLoRToR Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017   General Artist
So that you can treat them as a single object and use them as logo, etc. Any size anywhere.
These are amazing enough to use.
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VictorHugo Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Adorable! and i can hear just an orchestra of birds by my window right now! 

BTW, Happy birthday, minstrel  :) Wish all is well up there!
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Whatkiddo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Student Digital Artist
!تتكلم عربي ؟
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Professional General Artist
أكيد
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thepoetjeanart Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's like a storybook page, it's so smooth and softly colored! Great job!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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CrazyRainGirl Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017
Gorgeous!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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murici0 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work! Interesting poem it seems too! Maybe it`s available in portuguese?
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2017  Professional General Artist
I'm sure you would be able to find a portuguese translation because it's such an old and famous work. It has a Portuguese wikipedia entry: pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confer%C…
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murici0 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! Thanks a lot! I'll be sure to look for it!
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LadyLinnah Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I speak Portguese, too! Thanks for sharing the link, the story is very interesting.
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